3This month we celebrate 9 years of body>data>space and 25 years since the start of shinkansen, the original collective

On this occasion we share with you the work of these collectives of international creative digital pioneers – artists, technical creatives and producers that have been ‘placing the body at the centre of digital interaction’ since the early 1990s

Throughout the years the collectives have focused on an interdisciplinary and collaboration methodology, enabling connectivity, inter-authorship, virtual/physical interaction, international co-productions, creative industries evolutions and social media integration. Specific outputs on full body telepresence, remote space connections, motion capture, virtual worlds, immersion experiences, wearable technologies, sense and gesture tech, avatar interaction, robotics and gaming have been produced and distributed worldwide since 1991

9 years since we started body>data>space in March 2005, a creative industries design unit emerging from shinkansen and creating innovative connections between performance, architecture, virtual worlds and new media. Expert outputs recently include the convergence of full body telepresence and motion capture within virtual worlds

25 years since the original collective shinkansen set up in March 1989 as a “sound and movement research unit exploring the new digital age”. shinkansen developed a unique niche within the British and International arts scene through facilitating connectivity between dance, performance, music, video and digital technologies (1989-2004, archived in British Library)

Over 3500 artists and creatives worldwide have been involved in our projects including our key projects included Vinyl Requiem (1991-93), Future Physical (1997-2004), Virtual Physical Bodies (1999), CellBytes (2000-2001), Whisper (2002), WEAR ME! (2002), Mersea Circle (2003), Dare We Do It Real Time? (2009), Freeze-B (2009), me and my shadow (2012 – ongoing), Robots and Avatars (2009– ongoing), Women Shift Digital (2013 – ongoing). You can find more here

We would like to thank our team, our collective and partners that made this set of achievement possible, keeping collective values, innovative thinking and the user experience at the forefront of all the work

Read more here

Chisato-Minamimur_Ring-the-Changes_photoby-Tomas-Tojo-bodydataspace-2-700x440We are delighted to announce that RING THE CHANGES+ was selected as one of  nine major works as part of Unlimited 2014. Unlimited (Arts Council England, Artsadmin and Shape) will support the development of the piece into a full-length dance work and for the work to tour.

RING THE CHANGES+ is an interactive dance performance created by London based deaf artist and former member of CandoCo Dance Company Chisato Minamimura, produced by body>data>space in association with associated artists. Choreographing what she calls “visual sound/music”, Chisato uses interactive technology to create an innovative sense experience for hearing and non-hearing audiences.

RING THE CHANGES+ will be presented at the South Bank Centre early September 2014, as part of the Unlimited 2014 Festival showcasing work from across art forms.

Read more here

1369588938-187502126720469123t-37We have 3 affordable desk spaces available at our studio in the heart of London’s contemporary creative district. 1-5 Vyner Street is a hub of architects, artists, designers and creative industries and attractions include First Thursday’s & Ombra- the local Venetian Bacaro. The studio is situated within 2 mins from Cambridge Heath station, and 5 mins walk along Regents Canal to Broadway Market.

Each desk is available to rent individually or in a group inclusing rent, rates, service charges, internet and utilities. The desk is in a shared studio space with a Tech City female led group in a creative studio building and so would be ideal for companies or freelancers working in the Arts / Creative or Tech Community.

Please contact interested@bodydataspace.net or call +44 (0) 203 638 2292+44 (0) 203 638 2292 for more information.

MP LH GB WSDJoin us for the second edition of Tech City International Women’s Day showcase, an evening of network, demos, food, craft beers and wine!

Ghislaine Boddington, Leanne Hammacott and Marie Proffit from body>data>space will be presenting Women Shif tDigital as part of the  20 women exhibiting work from the tech & creative industries to help raise money for Solace Women’s Aid.

The showcase will involve demonstrations of products, services, businesses, ideas, toys, games, websites, including Caper, Codasign, Flossbox and many more!

Register here

Friday, March 7th, 2014, 6-9pm
Lyst Studios / 48 Hoxton Square (Formerly White Cube Gallery), London N1 6PB

call_for_design_posters_620_217-620x217The University of Greenwich is glad to announce the Open Call for the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts International Conference.

DRHA2014 is an annual conference whose goal is to bring together the creators, users, distributors, and custodians of digital research and resources in the arts, design and humanities to explore the capture, archiving and communication of complex and creative research processes. DRHA provides an intellectual and physical space for cross-disciplinary discussion and the generation of new ideas, resulting in many new networks and productive research relationships.

For over 11 years DRHA: Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (Previously named: Digital Resources in Humanities and the Arts) continues to be a key gathering for all those are influenced by the digitization of cultural activity, recourses and heritage in the UK.

We are now inviting abstracts for the following sessions:
1. Papers
2. Roundtables
3. Workshops
4. Panels
5. Performances & Installations
6. Posters

Theme : Communication Futures / Connecting interdisciplinary design practices in arts/culture, academia and the creative industries

DRHA 2014 Conference – University of Greenwich, London, UK.
31 Aug – 3 Sept 2014

Deadline Proposals: Monday, 28th April 2014 (300 word abstract)

Find the fill Call for Submissions here

Conference website: www.drha2014.co.uk

Conference email: DRHA2014@greenwich.ac.uk

Women Shift Digital‘  a day designed, curated and produced by body>data>space to celebrate women in digital careers, network the networks and influence the influencers, was successfully held at Level 39, Canary Wharf on Tuesday 26th November 2013.

Around 200 speakers and participants, both women and men, from very different backgrounds and sectors (creative industries, education, business, design, skills development and the arts) shared their experience, discussed in depth the positive values of gender balance in digital careers and the issues that women are still facing in their professional pathways. We also focused on what men can do to be part of the shift that needs to happen, the need for women at the baseline of design and creation process and how to encourage young women (and mums!) to embrace digital careers.

‘Be bold in your competence’ was the quote of the day from Janet Thomas (Vice President of Women in Banking and Finance)

Participants followed the conference online on the web-stream powered by Kinura and joined the debate on Twitter #WomenShiftDigital. The day trended on Twitter in London, with over 2000 individual tweets reaching over 1 million people worldwide.

More content from the day (videos and report) will be published on this website in the coming weeks with final reports and edits to be e-published in January 2014.

A series of Internships and a Training Package offered to young female professionals, were announced on the day by our partners QA, SmartEU and Taylor Wessing so keep watching this space to know more about the application process.

In the meantime you can:

  • Enjoy and share the videos from the day available here and the pictures here

Again, big thanks to our great team, speakers, (virtual/physical) participants and partners!

Please get in touch if you want any more information and partner with us.


GB wearablesThe video from Ghislaine‘s intervention as part of the SUPERHUMANS panel at Wearable Future at Ravensbourne UK last December is now available online.
You can also check out all the videos from this very forward-thinking conference online.

Chaired by Rama Gheerawo, this panel explored how do wearables become part of the human body, and how is technology being used to extend and enhance notions of the body? Speakers discussed robotics, prosthetics, materials and more. Speakers included Ghislaine Boddington, Pauline Van Dongen, Ling Tan, Nancy Tilbury.


body>data>space presents a Conference to celebrate Women in Digital Careers at Level 39 / Canary Wharf / 26 November 2013 / London


”Underusing the talent, skills, visions and knowledge offered by women is no longer an option – we need to work together, women and men, to design our future.”



We are very pleased and excited to announce ‘Women Shift Digital’, a conference for women and men, designed to celebrate women in digital careers, network the networks and influence the influencers. This is a day to reflect collectively on the positive impacts women are making with digital-led careers as creatives, managers and executives in creative industries, education, business, design, skills development and the arts.

This special gathering will feature inspiring keynote speakers and panelists, demonstrations and debates from leaders and movers in micro-enterprises to SMEs, institutions to companies. We welcome women and men, active talents in the digital sector to join us on the day, ready to input, share ideas, make new partners and move forward together.

Full programme here

Speakers’ biogs here

Watch live stream here

A great opportunity to discover and enjoy the output of deaf choreographer Chisato Minamimura’s research into the exciting possibilities digital can offer for enhancing the experience of deaf audiences at dance performances by sound visualisation and haptic tools.

Chisato’s work was carried out through a two-week residency coordinated by body>data>space at Watermans,  in collaboration with our Creative Director, performing arts and body technologies expert Ghislaine Boddington and associated digital/sound artist Nick Rothwell.

Digital Art & Performance Weekender will include interactive and immersive installations and performances, sound and dance and choreography. Artists, performers, composers and technologists have been invited to present work around Watermans and explore directions, intersections and collaborations through performance, dance, sound, technology and more.

Friday, 1st November, as part of the Digital Art & Performance Weekender’s ‘New Work by New Artists’ section at 17.00-19.30 at Watermans Art Centre / Brentford.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Read full programme here

‘How do we ensure a feminine viewpoint will emerge in the next generations of arts, software development, web, social media and other digital businesses?’

As a female led interdisciplinary design collective, body>data>space is recognised as international long term advocators for equal access for women in technology, promoting and supporting the work of many female artists and researchers.

As we become more deeply engaged in the digital world of virtual physical communications, collaborations and connections across the EU, we found imperative to examine some of the issues for women and girls in relationship to digital access and creation.

Check our Women in Tech report and videos emerging from the debates and discussions we run in Slovenia with European experts and partners, as part of Robots and Avatars in May 2013:

> Read the Report

> Watch the videos and interviews from different women involved technology in Europe

More activities will be announced soon for the autumn 2013 so please get in touch and watch this space to learn more!

body>data>space experts, artists and team have designed a programme of work, including a series of debates, conferences, mentoring, workshops that specifically addresses this imperative need for young women and women to be empowered to join the growing digital/technology/media world as active and successful professionals.

Read more about our creative offer here