About

I am a transdisciplinary artist and researcher who investigates how technology can help us reimagine our relationship with the environment, with other people, and with ourselves. My work is eclectic, ranging from exploring how digital technologies are changing the way we move as well as perceive human movement, to co-creating socially-engaged art installations that build symbiotic relationships between plants, computers and people. As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD fellow in the CogNovo training program for Cognitive Innovation at Plymouth University, I adapted methods and insights from user experience and technology design, perceptual psychology and neuroscience, dance and somatic practices, and pragmatist philosophy to design a low-cost wearable technology that uses vibrotactile stimulation to create unusual, pleasurable, structured sensory experiences that demonstrably increase body awareness. I teach at the University of the Philippines Open University; co-founded Curiosity, a Manila-based design strategy firm that helps businesses, NGOs, and government design meaningful services; and co-initiated SEAD, an international transdisciplinary network of artists, scientists, engineers and activists who reimagine and reshape the future through critical inquiry and hands-on experimentation.

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Journal articles

  • Cajilig, P., & Maranan, D. S. (2014). Anthropology Of, For, And With Design:  A Philippine Perspective. AghamTao, 23, 95–110. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1172837
  • Maranan, D. S. (2015). Speculative somatics. Technoetic Arts, 13(3), 291–300. https://doi.org/10.1386/tear.13.3.291_1
  • Kristensen, M. S., Loesche, F., & Maranan, D. S. (2017). Navigating Cognitive Innovation. AVANT. Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, Special issue: Collaborative Approaches in Cognitive Innovation. ISSN: 2082-6710. https://doi.org/10.26913/80s02017.0111.0005
  • Oztop, P., Maranan, D. S., Loesche, F., Francis, K., Tyagi, V., & Torre, I. (2017). (Not so) Dangerous Liaisons: A Framework for Evaluating Collaborative Research Projects. AVANT. Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, Special issue: Collaborative Approaches in Cognitive Innovation. ISSN: 2082-6710. https://doi.org/10.26913/80s02017.0111.0016

Conference papers (published in proceedings)

  • Mandryk, R. L., & Maranan, D. S. (2002). False prophets: exploring hybrid board/video games. In CHI ’02 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems (pp. 640–641). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/506443.506523
  • Subyen, P., Maranan, D., Schiphorst, T., Pasquier, P., & Bartram, L. (2011). EMVIZ: the poetics of movement quality visualization. In Proc. Int. Symp. Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging (pp. 121–128). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2030441.2030467
  • Maranan, D. S., Schiphorst, T., Bartram, L., & Hwang, A. (2013). Expressing technological metaphors in dance using structural illusion from embodied motion. In Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (pp. 165–174). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2466627.2466654
  • Subyen, P., Carlson, K., Maranan, D. S., & Schiphorst, T. (2013). Recognizing Movement Qualities: Mapping LMA Effort Factors to Visualization of Movement. Presented at the Beautiful Dance Moves: Mapping Movement, Technology & Computation Workshop: 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, Sydney, Australia. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3238.9282
  • Maranan, D. S., Fdili Alaoui, S., Schiphorst, T., Pasquier, P., Subyen, P., & Bartram, L. (2014). Designing for Movement: Evaluating Computational Models Using LMA Effort Qualities. In Proceedings of the 32Nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 991–1000). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557251
  • Maranan, D. S., & Librero, A. F. D. (2014). Biomodd: Exploring Relationships Between Biological, Electronic, And Social Systems Through New Media Art. In ICERI2014 Proceedings (pp. 249–256). Seville, Spain. https://doi.org/http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5078
  • Maranan, D. S., Loesche, F., & Denham, S. L. (2015). CogNovo: Cognitive Innovation for Technological, Artistic, and Social Domains. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. Vancouver, Canada.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5076
  • Maranan, D. S., & Vermeulen, A. (2015). When Ideas Migrate: A Postcolonial Perspective on Biomodd [LBA2]. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. Vancouver, Canada.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5077

Conference poster presentations

  • Maranan, D. S., Schiphorst, T., DiPaola, S., Antle, A. N., Subyen, P., & Bartram, L. (2011). Revealing Somatic Experiences in Dance Performance. Poster presented at the 6th Annual IRMACS Day, Simon Fraser University, Canada.  http://summit.sfu.ca/item/16730
  • Maranan, D. S. (2014, June). Expressing technological metaphors in urban dance. Poster presented at the MINDFIELD: 6th Annual Plymouth University School of Psychology Conference, Plymouth, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/3607
  • Maranan, D. S. (2016, July). Haplós: Designing Technologies for Exploring Somaesthetic Experiences. Poster presented at the Cognition Institute Conference 2016, Plymouth University, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5086
  • Maranan, D. S., Haines, A., Fletcher, J., & Clarke, S. (2016, July). Bisensorial: A brain-computer interface hack using tactile and auditory stimuli. Exhibit presented at the Cognition Institute Conference 2016, Plymouth University, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5085
  • Loesche, F., Torre, I., Maranan, D. S., & Denham, S. (2017, May). CogNovo – A Case Study for Cognitive Innovation. Poster presented at the Psychology of Creativity: Building Impact, Skills, & Collaborations, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/9600
  • Maranan, D. S. (2017). Sensing yourself by sensing the ground: getting intimate with the environment through vibrotactile stimulation. Poster presented at the Expo’ 17: Ecologies Annual Event, Plymouth University, UK.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1039377
  • Cajilig, P., Maranan, D. S., Sy, A., Salva, O., & Vermeulen, A. (2017, August). Multispecies Roundtable for Climate Impact: A Speculative Proposal. Poster presented at the Balance-Unbalance 2017, Plymouth University, UK.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.909098

Conference presentations (unpublished)

  • Subyen, P., Maranan, D. S., Schiphorst, T., & Pasquier, P. (2010, September). Mapping, Meaning and Motion: Designing Abstract Visualization of Movement Qualities. Conference presentation presented at the Digital Resources for the Humanities & Arts 2010: Sensual Technologies – Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity, Brunel University, UK.  http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.4287.5047
  • Maranan, D. S. (2011b, November). Illusion Styles Dance. Talk presented at the Fete dela Wsk! International Festival for Post-Music and Digital Culture, Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines.
  • Maranan, D. S. (2013, October). Structural Illusion From Embodied Motion: Perceiving Technological Metaphors in Dance Movement. Talk presented at the 4th Congress of the ASEAN Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS) and the 50th Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines.
  • Cajilig, P., & Maranan, D. S. (2013, October). Negotiating Misalignments at the Intersection of Design and Anthropology in Social Innovation Research. Presented at the Rethinking and Remaking Forms of Knowledge: The Critical Work of Anthropology, Ateneo de Davao University.
  • Manalo, J., Figueroa, R., & Maranan, D. S. (2014, May). MOOCathon Codefest: Crowdsourced Planning and Development of a MOOC Platform. Presented at the eLearning Forum Asia 2014, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.
  • Maranan, D. S. (2015, July). From Within to Between. Talk presented at the The Undivided Mind, Plymouth University, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/3661
  • Cajilig, P., & Maranan, D. S. (2015, September). Divergent Thinking In Disaster: Examples from Typhoon Haiyan Survivors. Talk presented at the Off the Lip, Plymouth University, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/8584
  • Maranan, D. S., Haines, A., & Clarke, S. (2017, September). RE/ME. Pitch presented at the Art, Science, and Technology Collaborations in Europe, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.893626

Invited talks at academic and research institutions

  • Maranan, D. S. (2011a, March). Biomodd: an interactive and collaborative art project that integrates nature and technology. Talk presented at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology Graduate Research Colloquium, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • Maranan, Diego S. (2017, September). Haplós: Transdisciplinary Research In Art + Humanities + Science + Technology For Well-Being and Play. Talk presented at the (RE)PRODUCING THE SELF: Body, Text, Memory and Technology, University of the Philippines Diliman.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1039708
  • Maranan, Diego S. (2017, July). Haplós: Vibrating Clothing for Well-being. Talk presented at the UPOU Research Conversations Series, University of the Philippines Open University, Los Baños, Philippines.

Exhibits

  • Osborne, J. (2007). Drive. Dance film shown in multiple international film festivals.
  • Biomodd [LBA2] Team (acted as project co-lead). (2009). Biomodd [LBA2]. Exhibit/Interactive installation, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines.  www.biomodd.net
  • Biomodd [LBA2] Team (acted as project co-lead), & Diego Maranan. (2009). Biomodd [LBA2]. Exhibit/Interactive installation, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines.  www.biomodd.net
  • Subyen, P., Maranan, D. S., Schiphorst, T., & Pasquier, P. (2010, October). Paint With Your Efforts. Exhibit/Interactive installation presented at the E-mixer 2010, Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey, BC, Canada.  http://www.diegomaranan.com/?portfolio=paint-with-your-efforts-2010
  • Biomodd [MRBw] Team (acted as project co-lead). (2010, November). Biomodd [MRBw]. Exhibit/Interactive installation presented at the KIBLIX Art Festival and International Computer Arts Festival, Maribor, Slovenia.
  • Biomodd [NYC4] Team (acted as project participant). (2012). Biomodd [NYC4]. Exhibit/Interactive installation presented at the ReGeneration at the New York Hall of Science, New York, USA.  http://www.diegomaranan.com/?portfolio=biomodd-nyc4
  • Barnes, S. K., Castellanos, C., Fox, T., He, Y., & Maranan, D. (2012, June). Proof-of-Process. Exhibit/Interactive installation, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, Canada.  http://dprime.org/projects/proof-of-process/gallery_gachet/
  • Maranan, D. S. (2015). Grau. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5106
  • Biomodd [LDNw] Team (acted as project co-lead). (2015, July). Biomodd [LDNw]. Exhibit/Interactive installation presented at the Create Space London, London, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/8344
  • Łucnik, K., Maranan, D., Knight, J., & Melidis, C. (2016). Ekosi Eksi. Dance film shown in multiple international dance festivals. Preview on https://vimeo.com/193890281/f80a18762f
  • Biomodd [MEC10] Team (acted as project co-lead). (2017, October). Biomodd [MEC10]. Exhibit/Interactive installation presented at the Dodonaeus Digital Arts Festival, Mechelen, Belgium.

Performance and Choreographic Works

Short works

  • Turner, J., & Maranan, D. (2010). Invisible Minority Report. Performance intervention in conjunction with 8th Shanghai Bienalle presented at the The Gate, Second Life.
  • Maranan, D. (2011). I’m Sorry Because It’s Useful. Performance presented at the The Interplay Projects: Interdisciplinary and Contemporary Dance Performance Series, MACC Studio Theatre, Vancouver, Canada.  www.diegomaranan.com/sorry
  • Subyen, P., Maranan, D. S., Carlson, K., Schiphorst, T., & Pasquier, P. (2011, May). Flow: Expressing Movement Quality. Performance presented at the The User in Flux Workshop Exhibition of CHI 2011, Vancouver, Canada.
  • v2.0 (2009). Performed by Airdance Dance Company. 4th WiFi Body International Contemporary Dance Festival, Cultural Center of the Philippines. Choreography. http://www.diegomaranan.com/?p=1259
  • Reckless Acts (2008). Donna Miranda, Diego Maranan, Regina Lasam. Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines. Choreography, performance. http://www.diegomaranan.com/?p=1253
  • Drive (2007) (Dance for film). Jane Osborne, Diego Maranan, Vanessa Mayrand. Screenings in Hungary, Brazil, Canada, Philippines. Performance. http://www.diegomaranan.com/?p=1251
  • bOdy bOUnD: Showing (2007). Jennifer Clarke, Diego Maranan, Sara Coffin, Phil Thompson. The Dance Centre, Vancouver, Canada. Performance.
  • Rio (2006). Diego Maranan, Deanna Peters, Jocelyn Wong. Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Choreography.
  • second law (2005). Diego Maranan, Lori Macdonald, Vanessa Mayrand, Jocelyn Wong, Benjamin Carson, Stina Hanson, Daniel Anderson. In 12 Minutes Max. Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada. Choreography.
  • The Boot Danube (2005). Choregraphy by Kathryn Ricketts. Roundhouse Community Theatre, Vancouver, Canada. Performance.
  • Prelude. Fugue. (2005). Diego Maranan, Maryanne Wong. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. Choreography.
  • Teklado (1994). (Film) Direction by Raymond Red. Manila, Philippines. Performer.

Evening-length

  • Promises are Made to be Broken (2009). Donna Miranda, Diego Maranan, Lena Cobangbang, Angelo Suarez, Mia Cabalfin. Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines. Performance, direction. http://www.diegomaranan.com/?p=1310
  • Promises Are Made to be Broken (2006). Mae Bayot, Jay Cruz, Tess Jamias, Regina Lasam, Diego Maranan, Donna Miranda. Lumiere Gallery, Manila, Philippines. Performance. http://www.diegomaranan.com/?p=1249
  • The Spell Remains (2005). Choreography by Martha Carter/marta marta HoP. Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, Canada. Performance.
  • EARTH=Home (2005). Choreography by Judith Marcuse. EARTH = Home Festival, Vancouver, Canada. Performance.

Artist residencies

  • Artist in Resident, Green Papaya Art Projects (October-November, 2008).
  • Associate artist in residence, DanceLab, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, Canada. (2007)
  • Visiting artist/researcher, DPrime Research, Vancouver, Canada. (2012)

Book chapters

  • Torre, I., Łucznik, K., Francis, K. B., Maranan, D. S., Loesche, F., Jr, R. B. F., … Zaksaite, T. (In preparation). Building a Col-Laboratoire: invention, legacy and reproducibility of an interdisciplinary summer school. In Ecologies of open: Inclusion, intersections, and interstices in education. International Review of Open and Distributed Learning.
  • Vermeulen, A., & Maranan, D. (2010). Biomodd as Paradox. In S. Engelen & M. Wynants (Eds.), We Can Change the Weather: 100 Cases in Energy Efficacy to Start Doing So (pp. 22–23). Brussels: Asp / Vubpress / Upa.

Other publications

  • Maranan, D. S. (2012). Dance Illusioning the Cyborg: Technological Themes in the Movement Practices and Audience Perception of Three Urban Dance Styles (MA Thesis). School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada.  https://theses.lib.sfu.ca/thesis/etd7483
  • Maranan, D. S. (2017). Haplós: Towards Technologies for and Applications of Somaesthetics (Ph.D. Thesis). Plymouth University, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/10170
  • Maranan, D. S. (2017). Response to “Haunted Bodies: Cell Switching, Getting Lost and Adaptive Geographies.” Avant, 8(Special Issue (Off the Lip: Collaborative Approaches in Cognitive Innovation)), 282–283. https://doi.org/10.26913/80s02017.0111.0025
  • Maranan, D. S. (2017). Response to “Academic Carelessness, Bootstrapping, and the Cybernetic Investigator.” Avant, 2017(Special Issue (Off the Lip: Collaborative Approaches in Cognitive Innovation)), 43. https://doi.org/10.26913/80s02017.0111.0004

Public engagement

  • Conducted Web2.0/ICT Workshop for Empowering Women for CICT (March 2009)
  • Maranan, D. S. (2009, January). Visualizing Data: Making Sense of an Information-Rich World. Talk presented at the Kape+Tecknolohiya, Ayala Technology  Business Incubator.  http://www.slideshare.net/diegomaranan/visualizing-data-kape-teknolohiya-version
  • Facilitator for Philosophers’ Café session, “What Constitutes a Broader Definition of Public Art?” (2012, March 28). Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Facilitator for Philosophers’ Café session, “Sustainable Creativity.” (2012, May 1). Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Facilitator for Philosophers’ Café session, “Forgiving and Undoing.” (2012, December 3). Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Maranan, D. S. (2013, September 22). [Thinking Through Design] Understanding its significance.  http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/39539-thinking-through-design-significance
  • Conversation with Guy Edmonds. (2015, January 30). Radio CogNovia.  http://m.mixcloud.com/radiocognovia
  • Torre, I., & Maranan, D. S. (2015, May). Green creativity: how to combine research with everyday practice. Presented at the What’s UP, Plymouth University, UK.  http://web.archive.org/web/20160601062525/http://www.cognovo.eu/events/ad-hoc-workshops.php
  • Maranan, D. S. (2016, September). Why I’m Making Vibrating Underwear. Talk presented at the Interesting 2016, Conway Hall, London, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5458
  • Maranan, D. S., Haines, A., Fletcher, J., Clarke, S., Jansen, K., Mutuberria, R., & delle Luche, C. (2016, October). HAPLÓS/Bisensorial EXHIBIT: A Speculative, Adaptive, and Wearable Technology for Inducing Mental States Using Touch. Exhibit/public engagement event presented at the Bizarre Bazaar, Plymouth University, UK.  http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/8345
  • Maranan, D. S., & Malina, R. (2015 October 2). Cognitive Innovation through Embodied Cognition and Somatics; Fascia as a Sense Organhttps://web.archive.org/web/20151024074042/http://creativedisturbance.org/podcast/cognitive-innovation-through-embodied-cognition-and-somatics-fascia-as-a-sense-organ-eng/
  • Moving Through Trauma: Dance and Theatre games for Therapy (2007, 2008). Workshop faciltiation for Justice for Children International. Various locations in the Philippines.
  • Facilitators’ Training Workshop (2008). Workshop co-facilitated with Aida Santos. National Transmission Corporation, Philippines. Manila, Philippines.
  • Movement and Theatre Games (2008). Workshop co-facilitated with Aida Santos. Advocates for Fair Trade Philippines. Baguio, Philippines.
  • Living with the Body (2007). Workshop co-facilitated with Donna Miranda. United Nations International Labor Organization. Cavite, Philippines.
  • Movement and Theatre Games (2005). Workshop co-facilitated with Judith Marcuse Projects/Kazenoko Theater. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Movement and Theatre Games (2003). Workshop co-facilitated Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group. Gibson, BC, Canada.

Reviewer/referee/critic work

  • Member/Reviewer, Technical Program Committee, ACM Multimedia 2016 Conference
  • Member, Academic Program Committee, ISEA 2015 Conference (21st International Symposium on Electronic Art)
  • Member, Academic Program Committee, MOCO 2015 Conference (International Workshop on
  • Movement and Computing)
  • Mentor, Social Innovation Camp (September 13-15, 2013, Microsoft Philippines and SMART Communications)
  • Co-lead in program and editorial team that organized the international Off the Lip Editorial Workshop on Cognitive Innovation (http://otlip17.cognovo.eu), which culminates in a special issue of AVANT: Trends in Interdisciplinary Research, an international open access journal that is indexed by Scopus and EBSCO.

Organizational leadership and entrepreneurship

Awards, Honors, Grants, and Scholarships (selected)

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellow, CogNovo Doctoral Training Programme, Plymouth University (2014-2017)
  • Maranan, D. S., Haines, A., Fletcher, J., Clarke, S., Jansen, K., & Mutuberria, R. (2016). First Place, Hack the Brain Hackathon 2016 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).  http://www.cognovo.eu/news/htb2016.php
  • Maranan, D. S., Haines, A., Clarke, S., & Fletcher, J. (2017). DART17 Residency Award (Value: EUR 10,000) (Brussels/San Francisco).  https://cognovo.eu/news/re-me-dart17.php
  • MITACS ACCELERATE Internship (2010)
  • Emerging Artist Award for British Columbia, Honourable Mention (2006)
  • Gerald and Sheahan McGavin Award for Service to the Arts Community, Simon Fraser University (2005)
  • Dean’s Honour Roll, Simon Fraser University (2002)
  • Nomination for Canadian Information Processing Society Student of the Year (2001)
  • Shrum International Entrance Scholarship (CDN 40000 + tuition) (1998)
  • Lester B. Pearson College / Canadian International Development Agency scholarship (CDN 67000 value) (1996)

Academic background

  • PhD Art and Media, Plymouth University, 2017
  • MA Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, 2012
  • BSc Major in Computing Science (Multimedia Specialization with a Co-Operative Education designation), Extended Minor in Contemporary Dance, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2005