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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

logo-smallWe are extremely proud and happy to share with you our brand new website dedicated to Women Shift Digital www.womenshiftdigital.com

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

Developed by our partner IntelligentHQ and supported by the National Theatre

 

14138041329057We are thrilled to announce that RING THE CHANGES+ will be presented as part of the 4th edition of Vo’Arte – InShadow Festival in Lisbon / Portugal on December 6th 2014.

InShadow is a Lisbon-based International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies. Since 2011 it established itself as a reference in contemporary artistic creation and programming, with a strong emphasis on the convergence of language between body and image through digital technologies.

RING THE CHANGES+ is a digital dance performance created by deaf dance artist Chisato Minamimura with 3 dancers, in collaboration with Nick Rothwell and body>data>space (Creative Producers). It is an invitation to a very mixed audience to experience with their own perception a playful exploration of visual sound, the result of a unique collaboration between dance and digital artists, hearing and non-hearing sensibilities.

If you are a local dancer/performer do not miss the opportunity to take part in a  workshop led by Chisato exploring movement through the senses. The workshop is aimed at deaf and non deaf participants and will take place on Saturday 6th December from 10am to  1pm, you can register here

Saturday 6 December at 9PM, Teatro São Luiz, Lisbon / Full information and tickets here

RING THE CHANGES+ is supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland

Twitter pic groupMore exciting news and updates for Women Shift Digital this autumn!

Women Shift Digital first Catalyst event dedicated to WOMEN IN CREATIVE DIGITAL INNOVATION took place on Friday 21st November 2014  at the National Theatre.

This afternoon event brought together 50 invited participants, women and men, movers and shakers from the Arts & Culture, and Creative Industries, invited to share, expand ideas together  and to explore the following questions:

  • What does the word “creative” mean today in the digital context?
  • How many companies in the, so called, Creative Industries are fully aware of the processes of creativity at play in their work?
  • What is the connection of the experimental arts and creative cultural sector to the expansion of creativity in the digital realm?
  • Would a heightened recognition of the importance of creativity within digital innovation encourage more women and girls to work in the technology sector?

The event opened with provocations on “creativity in digital innovation” by Annette Mees (Coney),  Colin Hicks (Independent Consultant), Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield), Marketa Mach (Digital Business Consultant) Eva Pascoe (Cybersalon), Yuli Levtov (Reactify / body>data>spcae) followed by a series of roundtables, ideas pooling, shared feedback and a final reception to launch our new website www.womenshiftdigital.com

This first catalyst event and its outputs are leading towards the next conference in 2015.

We would like to thank to all our fantastic provocateurs, participants, team and partners who made this day very special.

Women Shift Digital Catalyst Event #1  is co-produced by body>data>space and National Theatre London with support from IntelligentHQ and associates

Check our new dedicated website and follow #WomenShiftDigital and @WomenShiftDigi on Twitter to read more about Women Shift Digital activities, resources and news

Networked Bodies – Digital Performance Weekender is a weekend of performances, presentations and interactive workshops at Walow res 27termans Art Centre. Networked Bodies wants to explore networked performance practices with a view to considering how they transform live (embodied, disembodied and trans-bodied) performance practices.

body>data>space collective (and previously Shinkansen) has been envisioning the future of the human body and its real-time relationship to evolving global, social and technological shifts since the mid nineties and has been invited to present different projects as part of Networked Bodies:

- RING THE CHANGES+ a digital performance created by deaf dance artist Chisato Minamimura in collaboration with software artist Nick Rothwell and digital pioneers body>data>space. We invite you to experience a playful exploration of visual sound, the result of a unique collaboration between dance and digital artists, hearing and non-hearing sensibilities. Saturday 8 November, 8pm

- ‘me and my shadow’ film on plasma screen, as an example of an international telepresence experience connecting participants through a shared online environment, in the main gallery

- A presentation of body>data>space and Shinkansen projects since the mid-nineties by Marie Proffit and Nick Rothwell as part of the Networked Bodies Symposium, Saturday 8 November from 2.30pm

More information and book tickets here

Full brochure available here

RING THE CHANGES+ is supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland

image_cropVinyl Requiem is an evocative celebration of the end of an era which was originally a performance in 1993 at the Union Chapel in London and featured 180 Dansette record players.  Created by sound artist Philip Jeck in collaboration with visual artist Lol Sargent, the work was produced by shinkansen (a previous incarnation of body>data>space).

You can see a video from the initial 1993 performance  here and read more about pioneer ‘sound and movement research and production unit’ shinkansen here

We are very happy to announce that Arnolfini in Bristol and Liverpool Biennal will mark two decades of technological change with the UK premiere of the film version of Philip Jeck’s powerful work this September. This reinvention of a one-off audio-visual performance of remarkable force and scale sees Jeck perform live with his on screen digitised self.

Arnolfini, Bristol / Wednesday 17 September 2014, 21:30 to 23:00 / £10 / £9
Followed by an after show discussion with the artists. BOOK TICKETS
The Bluecoat, Liverpool / 21 September 2014, 14.30 and 19.30 / £6/ £4