dance-double-billWhen I danced with a group whilst the music was playing, I was asked if I could hear the music as my movements matched with the music. It was a very strange and interesting point for me as I did not hear music and was dancing with my feelings and emotions. This question influenced and inspired me to examine sound and music from a deaf person’s perspective.‘ Chisato Minamimura

body>data>space is thrilled to announce that Ring the Changes+ will premiere at the Southbank Centre on Friday 5th September as part of Unlimited Festival.

The first week in September sees the much-anticipated return of *Unlimited* – Southbank Centre’s festival that celebrates the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists. Unlimited presents the opportunity to see brilliant new work by exceptional artists including Chisato Minamimura, Robert Softley Gale, Julie McNamara, Claire Cunningham and Katherine Araniello.

RING THE CHANGES+ is an interactive dance performance created by deaf artist Chisato Minamimura in collaboration with Nick Rothwell and body>data>space.

Choreographing what Chisato calls ‘visual sound/music’, the project uses interactive technology to create an innovative sense experience for hearing and non-hearing audiences.

Ring the Changes+ will be presented alongside ‘Remember When’ an intimate dance solo created and performed by Marc Brew

Buy tickets and read more on the Southbank Centre’s website

Friday 5 September
Purcell Room / Southbank Centre
7.30pm + post show Q&A (with BSL interpreter)

Supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. Picture credit: Roswitha Chesher & Nick Rothwell



20130906130153-summitsWe are happy to announce that our Creative Director Ghislaine Boddington will be the keynote speaker of The (Cultural) Life of the Child Summit on June 18th in Derby.

Following on from The Mighty Creatives’ inspiring summits focussed on the Early and Primary Years, the next event in this series – Summit #3: The Secondary Years (11-18) is now taking place. The (Cultural) Life of the Child Summits bring together children’s service leaders, practitioners and educators from across the East Midlands and nationally to look at what makes a #goodchildhood.  The summits will identify what children and young people need and how professionals from different sectors can work together to improve opportunities and outcomes.

The Mighty Creatives’ ambition is to create a meaningful system or blueprint that transforms what our children’s future looks like; to find better ways of working and living together with more effective co-ordination and collaboration across and between local government, arts and culture, health and education sectors.

Speaking about her involvement in the summit series, Ghislaine said: “I’m excited to be involved in this imperative debate to encourage an holistic approach to the future of the cultural sector’s integration into childhood. The shift change for younger generations linked to the digital revolution needs to be understood through intergenerational exchange and cross sector collaboration and this event will help us all understand deeper ways to enable this.”

Full programme and details here

Book your tickets here

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GHISLAINE BODDINGTONOur Creative Director Ghislaine Boddington is nominated for The Drum Woman of the Year category at the SheSays Awards:

‘Boddington is an artist researcher, dramaturge, curator and thought leader specialising in body responsive technologies. A long term advocate of women in tech and creative careers, in 2013 she curated Women Shift Digital Conference.’

We invite you to Vote and Share widely! Voting will remain open until 5pm on Friday 30 May.


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 or call +44 (0) 203 638 2292+44 (0) 203 638 2292 for more information.

Chisato M Performance bodydataspace Watermans 2013 (1)Dance Artist and choreographer Chisato Minamimura is looking for three professional dancers to work on and perform her new work, Ring the Changes+ produced by body>data>space and premiering at the SouthBank Centre as part of the Unlimited Festival in September 2014.

Ring the Changes+ explores choreography and visual sound/music from Chisato’s deaf perspective. A complex and interactive work it will incorporate movement, sound/ music, voice and technology, generated by the dancers and Chisato from a series of mathematical choreographic scores.

You can read more on Ring the Changes+ and see a video:

The contract runs for 5 weeks contracts. Rehearsals will take place in July 2014 and work through to the premiere at Unlimited 2014, Southbank Centre this September, with the possibility of national and international touring dates towards the end of 2014/15.

Deaf and Disabled dancers are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have

-        Strong contemporary technique

-        Experience in generating own material

-        Capacity to learn and adapt to existing material quickly

-        Experience in working with music and rhythmic scores

-        Previous experience in working with technology/digital artists

Please send the following elements to Chisato by 5pm on Friday 23rd May

-        Your specific interest in this work

-        Your CV or biography

-        Links to some of your performance work

Selected applicants will be invited to an audition in London on Saturday 7th June.

23rd May: Application deadline

30th May: Invitation to the audition

7th June: Audition

14th June:  Successful applicants will be notified by email

From 21st July to 5th September: 5 weeks rehearsals and performance

Chisato’s website:

bds_05 v2On May 15th, our creative Director Ghislaine Boddington will be presenting at Media Trendy Conference – one of the most important and inspiring annual events in Poland about trends in media .

Ghislaine’s presentation will explore ‘Virtual Physical Blending – living the realtime simulation’ and the following questions: Are we finally moving towards a body centric world of sense enhancement, wellbeing and aspirational cooperation? Rather than the human body becoming obsolete, a fear from the early digital years, can we see the exact opposite coming into focus, as the “liveness” of human data becomes central to the evolution of all technologies

See full programme here

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

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:

Conference email:

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

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