Copy of Blind Robot 006Nesta and Sedition are pleased to invite international artists and creatives to submit work to the 2016 FutureFest Art Prize. FutureFest is a weekend festival of radical ideas, compelling talks and interactive experiences designed to inspire people to question and shape the future. The third edition of the festival takes place at Tobacco Dock in London, 17-18 September 2016, and will be programmed around four themes: Love, Play, Thrive and Work.

Submit your digital videos and images through Sedition in response to one of the four programme themes. Twelve works (three for each theme) will be shortlisted and exhibited at the festival. A panel of judges will shortlist the best work for each theme and the final winners will be announced at FutureFest after a live public vote. Winners will receive a £500 cash prize and the opportunity to launch their work on Sedition with promotion to an international audience of art collectors and digital innovators.

Judges include:
– Ghislaine Boddington, Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space, Reader, CPDA University of Greenwich

– Paul D. Miller artist, writer, musician known as DJ Spooky
– Claudia Hart, artist, curator and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
– FIELD.IO, a specialised creative studio in London that combines art and technology
+ others

Deadline to apply is: 10 June 2016, midnight GMT.
For questions regarding submissions, contact: artist-support@seditionart.com
Submission guidelines: https://www.seditionart.com/futurefest/news/futurefest-open-call

Image: Blind Robot by Louis Philippe Demers, FutureFest 2015

 

Toca Robot LabThe Games Europe Plays invites young people and families to play and learn with exciting digital games at the Finnish Institute in London as part of the London Games Festival Fringe.

Create and fly your robot, become your own perfect woman and explore magical worlds!

The Games Europe Plays brings to the UK independent and innovative games made in Europe with a strong emphasis on design, virtual interactivity and physical engagement.

This is the first in a series of three shows initiated by EUNIC London and curated by our Creative Director, body technologist and digital expert Ghislaine Boddington. Next 2 exhibitions later this year will show at the University of Greenwich and Nesta’s FutureFest 2016.

The exhibition at the Finnish Institute in London features children’s games Gigglebug (Finland), Toca Boca (Sweden), Tine Bech (Denmark/UK), Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder (Germany) and Amanita (Czech Republic) looking at learning through play, identity, representation and future skills.

Gaming today has gone digital and is evolving into some wonderful new forms, enabling us to envision future scenarios in which gaming experiences are at the centre of work and play. New formats use the whole of our bodies into the game, both through physical interactions and through exploring digital representations of ourselves. The exhibition allows us to explore a European perspective on the evolution of games for the future.” Ghislaine says.

Join us on Thursday 7 April at 6pm for Game Play Europe – a conversation on making and playing today and in the future, moderated by curator Ghislaine Boddington. Panellists include journalist and TV presenter Kate Russell (UK), play artist Tine Bech (Denmark/UK) and the Director of the Finnish game industry hub neogames KooPee Hiltunen. rsvp: anna.popponen@finnish-institute.org.uk

THE GAMES EUROPE PLAYS
Finnish Institute in London, Unit 1, 3 York Way, London N1C 4AE

The exhibition is open to the public from 2 – 10 April 2016: Mon, Wed-Fri 12am-6pm, Tues 12am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm / for everyone from 4 years old. Tweet us at #GamesEU

Press contact: marie@bodydataspace.net

The Games Europe Plays is initiated by EUNIC London with the Czech Centre and coordinated by the Finnish Institute. Supported by the British Council, it is presented as part of the London Games Festival Fringe Programme, at the University of Greenwich and Nesta’s FutureFest 2016. With additional support from the Czech Centre, the Danish Embassy, the Goethe-Institut London and the Swedish Embassy.

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FutureFest is back, 17-18 September at Tobacco Dock, London. Don’t miss the first weekend tickets at a reduced rate of £60 – that’s £20 off for all you super early birds!

There are four great curators on board this year: Ghislaine Boddington, Pat Kane, Ruth Amos and Dr Morgaine Gaye, who’ll be exploring how we’ll loveplaywork and thrive in the future.

Future Love will see Ghislaine Boddington test the most universal of all emotions – exploring what happens to romance, dating, identity and even skin when we move beyond the physical and merge with the virtual.

Stay tuned for an exciting line-up announcement next month!

Picture credit: My Robot Companion by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May at FutureFest 2015

In case you missed Ghislaine’s Talk as part of TEDxLimassol in Cyprus on Saturday 3rd October 2015 here’s the full video:

Watch live streaming video from tedxlimassol at livestream.com

Ghislaine’s first TEDx talk was dedicated to THE INTERNET OF BODIES – CHOREOGRAPHING THE FUTURE. She explored her lifelong passion with sense enhancement and how, through a digital duplex of body data (biofeedback, gesture, haptics), we can create positive alliances for humanity as we evolve into living interactive canvases.

A daring and provocative event, TEDxLimassol 2015 at the Rialto Theater  brought on the stage true heroes that will share their ideas and inspire us to wear our own capes.

Thanks again to the TEDxLimassol Team and community for this wonderful opportunity and to Wonderluk for the beautiful jewellery!

tedxbody>data>space Creative Director Ghislaine Boddington has been invited to deliver a TEDx Talk as part of TEDxLimassol in Cyprus on Saturday 3rd October 2015.

Ghislaine’s first TEDx talk will be dedicated to THE INTERNET OF BODIES – CHOREOGRAPHING THE FUTURE. She will explore talk about her lifelong passion with sense enhancement and how, through a digital duplex of body data (biofeedback, gesture, haptics), we can create positive alliances for humanity as we evolve into living interactive canvases.

 

Ghislaine’s talk is streamed live on Saturday 3rd October at 7.30am GMT. Watch the live stream on the TEDxLimassol website here

TEDxLimassol 2015 at the Rialto Theater promises to be daring and provocative by bringing on the stage true heroes that will share their ideas and inspire us to wear our own capes. The True Heroes theme meets three of the most essential TEDTalk objectives:
  • To democratize knowledge and science
  • To stimulate and arouse audiences around the world
  • To spark deep discussion and connections

Follow the conversation on @bodydataspace

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RAN Réseau Arts Numériques / Digital Art Network is an international platform for digital arts with a collaborative  approach based in Centre des arts d’Enghien (close to Paris).

A member of RAN for many years, body>data>space is now part of  its new steering committee together with the Centre des Arts,  Transcultures, Laboratoire CITU (Université Paris VIII Vincennes – Saint-Denis) , DécaLab, Laboratoire Arts & Sciences (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and looking forward to new collaborations bringing together digital creativity, innovation, art and science.

You can follow the network’s news, call for projects and events on RAN website and Facebook page

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 16.42.38body>data>space and Women Shift Digital are happy to announce that we are taking part to Digital Shoreditch 2015 NEXT day on Wednesday May 13th.

 

Join us to partner and to celebrate women in digital careers and creativity!

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 creative future. Ghislaine and Marie will introduce you to Women Shift Digital network and next activities in the UK, in Europe and internationally.

Talk presented by Ghislaine Boddington (Creative Director and Curator) and Marie Proffit (Associate Curator and Creative Producer)

Digital Shoreditch and the NEXT day

Digital Shoreditch Festival is a two week mass-community celebration, inviting the entire world of tech, creative and all their converging industries, from around the world to East London between 11th – 24th May. On May 13th travel and explore powerful ideas from the multiverse world of tech with scientists, artists, futurists, entrepreneurs and visionaries, all asking the question – What’s Next?

The NEXT day will be packed with exciting presentations and talk, here are some of our picks for the day, from the morning to the evening: Tomorrow’s Familiar by Rachel Wingfield (Loop.pH), The Internet of Things with Eric van der Kleij (ENTIQ), Simulation Singularity – when simulation faithfully mirrors the real world? by Andy Fawkes (Thinke Company Limited), The New Bionics by Luke Robert Mason (The New Bionics), Food Futures by Morgaine Gaye (Food Futurologist, Living Source Ltd).

Where and when to find us: Shoreditch Town Hall / Mayor’s Parlour, Wednesday 13 May, 3:50 pm – 4:10 pm

SPECIAL OFFER! You can pick up a special friends & supporters Festival or Day pass here at a 60% discount.

drha2015DRHA Dublin 2015 – Digital World. Digital Responses, will be hosted by  in partnership with the National Library of Ireland and the Digital Arts and Humanities Institute, Royal Irish Academy. Our conference takes place 30th August to 2nd September 2015 in the vibrant 1000-year old Irish capital city of Dublin. This is an historic moment too for DRHA as it is the first time the event has been hosted by a university beyond the United Kingdom.

Submissions are welcome from all interested communities and individuals, especially where interdisciplinary or cross-sectoral work is taking place to engage with the ‘grand challenges’ set for DRHA Dublin 2015:

Resolving Conflict | Cultural Freedom | Urban Living | Climate Change | Healthy Societies

We invite original papers, panels, installations, performances, workshop sessions and other events. We also encourage proposals with innovative and non-traditional session formats that can address the above themes and challenges through:

Digital Galleries, Museums and Libraries, Histories and Archives, Virtual and Physical Spaces, Gaming industries and research, Gender and Contemporary Society, Technology and Body, Technologies impact on the Socio/cultural, Social Media, Literary and Visual Narratives, Big Data and Digital Death, Creative Practices: Design; Fine Arts, Architecture; Performance; Sonic Arts, Digital society and information ‘rich and poor’, Conflict resolution in the digital age and Arts/Science engagement

KEY DATES

1st May: Call for Submissions Closes
1st June: Notification of Acceptance
12th June: Draft Programme Released
30th June: Early Bird Registration Closes

Submit here

 

Louis-Philippe_Demers_Blind_Robotbody>data>space are proud to introduce FutureFest (14th and 15th March 2015 at Vinopolis / London), a festival in which we are taking an active part.

Developed by NESTA and curated by Pat Kane this second edition of FutureFest  gathers some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come, Edward Snowden, Dame Vivienne Westwood, George Clinton, Jon Ronson and many more here.

Ghislaine Boddington, body>data>space Creative Director is Associate Curator on Panels and Future Machines and is working in close collaboration with Pat Kane on the programme of these 2 days. You can listen to Pat Kane and Ghislaine introducing this new edition of FutureFest on Tuesday  10 March at 19.30 on BBC Click Radio

The weekend promises to be unmissable and will bring together a set of future-thinking female innovators and experts from all backgrounds including entrepreneurs, lawyers, artists, academics and politicians. Read more on Women speakers and artists at FutureFest on Women Shift Digital website

Ghislaine Boddington will be chairing 2 panels:

– Toast In The Machine? The Fate Of Human Skill and Sensibility Under Radical Automation / Saturday 14th March 2015 – 12:30 to 13:15

– The Gender Setting: Flexible Technology, Narrow Sexuality / Sunday 15th March 2015 – 16:15 to 17:00

We are also thrilled to announce that 3 of our Robots and Avatars projects: The Blind Robot, My Robot Companion and Robot World will be exhibited as part of FutureFest:

Will you allow a robot touch and feel your face?

The Blind Robot is an interactive robotics artwork developed by Louis Philippe Demers. In this installation, visitors are invited to sit down in front of and engage into a non-verbal dialogue with the Blind Robot. The robot delicately explores  the face, of the visitor in a manner that recalls the beauty of the touch of blind people familiarising themselves with a person or an object. This is the first showing of Blind Robot in the UK. The Blind Robot is a 2011-12 development commission for the Robots and Avatars project (body>data>space, KIBLA, AltArt). Commissioned by body>data>space and the National Theatre, it premiered at KIBLA, Slovenia in October 2012.

Louis Philippe will be in conversation on Sunday afternoon from 15:00 to 15:30 with Pat Kane and Theo Spyropoulos (Minimaforms / Emotive City)

Would you prefer a robot if it looked like one of the family?

My Robot Companion: Familiar’ is a project exploring social-robotics by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May. This robot is able to take on the appearance of any face it sees or even combine features from a group of faces in order to promote bonding with it. A previous version of this project was exhibited in September 2012 as part of the Robot and Avatars Exhibition at 12 Star Gallery in London

You can read a blog contribution by Anna Dumitriu on Women Shift Digital website

Are you ready to explore the uncanny valley?

Robot World is a non-verbal documentary by Martin Hans Schmitt which depicts the evolution of robots from a mechanical somnambulist to an autonomous sensorium. An hypnotic journey exploring robots as our alternate doubles, Robot World was exhibited as part of Robots and Avatars Exhibition at FACT, Liverpool and at KIBLA, Slovenia.

More Information and Tickets here

FutureFest: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2015

Vinopolis: Stoney Street, SE1 9AA, London

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Women Shift Digital website is a multi-connected resources platform,  bringing together topical content, articles, blogs, videos, vox pops from the Women Shift Digital activities and current trends.

It also features live feeds (twitter, RSS) of global trending topics around the Women in Tech debate worldwide.

So check www.womenshiftdigital.com and follow #WomenShiftDigital and @WomenShiftDigi on Twitter to read more about Women Shift Digital activities, resources and news

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