“Technology Is Not Neutral” is a major new touring exhibition of digital artworks by leading pioneering and contemporary female digital artists launches at Phoenix Brighton this September. From drone choreography, sequencing of bacteria and brainwave art to hacking reality, social media activism and telepresence, this exhibition highlights the contribution of female artists in shaping what digital art is today. The title of the show refers to the challenges faced by female artists in this field where they are often under-represented and less acknowledged than their male colleagues.
The exhibition features existing and newly commissioned artworks by Ghislaine Boddington (body>data>space), Susan Collins, Laura Dekker, Anna Dumitriu, Bhavani Esapathi, Julie Freeman, Kate Genevieve, Sue Gollifer, Luciana Haill, Nina Kov, and Gordana Novakovic.
As part of the exhibition Ghislaine Boddington presents pictures from skintouchfeel (shinkansen and body>data>space). A series of works, evolving and re-iterating themselves between 1999 and 2004, skintouchfeel emerged from a series of dance-tech workshops “CellBytes” and other creative gatherings directed by Ghislaine Boddington across this time period and earlier in London, Lisbon and Arizona.
These images were taken from several public performances simultaneously held in 2 to 3 venues. Combining live sound, video and dance in structured improvisation, these performances explored and portrayed tele-intuition and digital intimacy to the watching public.
The exhibition will open at Phoenix Brighton as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2016 then tour to Watermans in London accompanied by a major symposium.
There is a pre-opening gallery tour with the artists and curators at 4pm on 1st September 2016 followed by an opening reception. All Welcome, free entry. Read more
Wednesday – Sunday from 2nd September – 25th September 2016. Free entry. Phoenix Brighton 10-14 Waterloo Pl, Brighton BN2 9NB
The exhibition is curated by Gordana Novakovic, Anna Dumitriu and Irini Papadimitriou, is funded by Arts Council England, The Computer Arts Society, and UCL Department of Computer Science and supported by Women Shift Digital, Phoenix Brighton and Watermans.
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 love, play, work 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
ivor diosi – molding the signifier
The Games Europe Plays – BODY <> TECH
7 July – 26 August 2016
The Stephen Lawrence Gallery – University of Greenwich
Exploring our body from its hidden micro bacteria to its digital incarnations, The Games Europe Plays – BODY<>TECH takes a playful look at how digital technologies are helping us to heal but can also disturb our wellbeing. Presenting the works of interactive artists and game makers from the UK and continental Europe, the show envisions how we will inhabit and take care of our virtual and physical bodies in the future.
Join us this summer in Greenwich to meet A.I (artificially insane) avatars, enter the whole genome sequencing of bacteria in virtual reality and rebalance yourself through play.
Go on a journey where your body, mind and senses will be guided and confounded. Are you ready to explore the uncanny valley?
In ‘Molding the Signifier’ by Ivor Diosi (Czech Republic) you’ll meet 3 chatty avatars who get infected by a mysterious bacteria slowly disrupting their conversation and behaviour. Anna Dumitriu with Alex May (UK) turns Staphylococcus aureus bacteria collected on her body into an installation and a virtual reality experience. Marco Donnarumma (Italy) uses his heart beats, blood stream and muscle contractions to create digital music and media. The beautiful Good Night Lamp by Designwarm (UK) uses the Internet of Things technology to tell a loved one ‘I’m thinking of you’ at a distance. Blast Theory’s app Karen (UK) is a life coach who gets a little bit too friendly and intrusive. If you feel a bit disturbed after all these experiences, Dutch game ‘Songs of Elstryn’ will invite to rebalance yourself physically and mentally.
The exhibition is the second in series of three shows initiated by EUNIC London and curated by body technologist and digital expert Ghislaine Boddington (Creative Director, body>data>space / Reader CPDA University of Greenwich). They bring to the UK the best independent and innovative games made in Europe with a strong emphasis on design, virtual interactivity and physical engagement.
‘BODY<>TECH engages in a debate in Europe around gaming and interactive works that represent our bodies and minds. Showing projects both with social purpose and artistic intents the works in this exhibition display a way of being in a new world – where the inside moves outside, the digital helps the physical, virtual and physical intimacies merge. The Games Europe Plays – BODY<>TECH reflects on potential digital physical “bodies” of the future’ Ghislaine Boddington.
Press View: Wednesday 6 July at 4pm, please email Marie Proffit: email@example.com
Colloquium: Join us on Thursday 7 July from 11am to 4pm at the University of Greenwich (SE10 9BD) for a day of colloquium with curator Ghislaine Boddington and Digital Arts Lead Ian Thompson, associated artists and experts. Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-games-europe-plays-body-tech-colloquium-tickets-26246167995
The Games Europe Plays is a EUNIC London project,produced by the Finnish Institute and body>data>space. Initiated by the Czech Centre, the project is supported by the British Council and the Arts Council England. It is presented at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery and supported by the University of Greenwich (Department of Creative Professions and Digital Art), in association with Nesta’s FutureFest and London Games Festival. With additional support from the Czech Centre, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of the Netherlands.
The exhibition is open to the public from 7 July – 26 August 2016: Tuesday-Friday: 11am-5pm. Saturday: 11am-4pm
The Stephen Lawrence Gallery / University of Greenwich
10 Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD
Cutty Sark DLR, Greenwich DLR & trains from London Bridge
Nesta 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.
– 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
Deadline to apply is: 10 June 2016, midnight GMT.
For questions regarding submissions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission guidelines: https://www.seditionart.com/futurefest/news/futurefest-open-call
Image: Blind Robot by Louis Philippe Demers, FutureFest 2015
The 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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
In case you missed Ghislaine’s Talk as part of TEDxLimassol in Cyprus on Saturday 3rd October 2015 here’s the full video:
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!
body>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
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
body>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.
DRHA 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
1st May: Call for Submissions Closes
1st June: Notification of Acceptance
12th June: Draft Programme Released
30th June: Early Bird Registration Closes