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‘The rise of the robot’ on BBC Business Daily

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‘The rise of the robot’ explored in BBC Business News / Business Daily on 31 Dec 2012.

“Justin Rowlatt meets Ghislaine Boddington, creative director of body>data>space, a company which specialises in how new technology can improve the way we communicate.”

Download here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/bizdaily/all

 

BBC Arabic 4 Tech reports on ‘Robots and Avatars’

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From November to December 2012, BBC ARABIC technology programme, 4 Tech dedicated a series of 3 report on Robots and Avatars, covered by journalist Anees Al Qudaihi.
The reports explore the creative and technological process of 3 key works presented as part of Robots and Avatars:  Outreach‘ an architectural / kinetic conceptual work by Alex Haw (atmos) with Mauritius Seeger (dr. mo), Music for Flesh II‘ an interactive music performance for enhanced body by Marco Donnarumma, and Robots and Avatars Commission ‘Visions of our Communal Dreams‘, a new media art installation blending virtual, physical and networked environments by Michael Takeo Magruder with collaborators.
- 7 November 2012: Marco Donnarumma on ‘Music for Flesh II’ from 15:00 to 20:15. WATCH HERE.
- 1 December 2012: Ghislaine Boddington on ‘Robots and Avatars’ and ‘Visions of our Communal Dreams’ from 18:30 to the end. WATCH HERE
- 9 December 2012: Alex Haw / ATMOS on ‘Outreach’ from 16:00 to 20:40. WATCH HERE

 

‘America’s mindless killer robots must be stopped’ by Noel Sharkey

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Read Robots and Avatars’ project champion Noel Sharkey‘s opinion column  on the mindless use of robots in war  in this week edition of the Guardian (3 December 2012).

‘The rational approach to the inhumanity of automating death by machines beyond the control of human handlers is to prohibit it

Are we losing our humanity by automating death?

Human Rights Watch (HRW) thinks so. In a new report, co-published with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, they argue the “case against killer robots“. This is not the stuff of science fiction. The killer robots they refer to are not Terminator-style cyborgs hellbent on destroying the human race. There is not even a whiff of Skynet.

These are the mindless robots I first warned Guardian readers about in 2007 – robots programmed to independently select targets and kill them. Five years on from that call for legislation, there is still no international discussion among state actors, and the proliferation of precursor technologies continues unchecked.’

Read the article.

 

More international press coverage for Robots and Avatars

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Robots and Avatars Artist Marco Donnarumma was interviewed about Music on Flesh II  on BBC ARABIC Technology programme, 4 Tech, in the framework of a 3 episodes coverage dedicated to Robots and Avatars by Anees Al Qudaihi.

Upcoming episodes will feature Ghislaine Boddington on ‘Visions of Our Communal Dreams‘ and Alex Haw on ‘Outreach‘.

You can access Marco’s interview here from 15:00 to 20:15.

 

‘Body Motion and Motion Capture’ Workshop at Altart as part of Robots and Avatars

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body>data>space associate director, Leanne Hammacott together with Jo Blowers (Contact Improvisation specialist from the UK) have been to Cluj, Romania to deliver a series of workshop days from 21st to 24th October as part of Robots and Avatars with our Partner AltArt and Groundfloor Group and a group of dancers, technologists and visual creatives.

The group has been exploring how we can represent the body in multiple ways on and off-line, working with motion capture and Kinect technologies to explore new possibilities of artistic expression with the body and virtual ID.

Movers: Bodolai Balázs, Jo Blowers, Kata Bodoki-Halmen, Alina Ciceu, Laura Codreanu, Racz Endre, Sinkó Ferenc, Both József. Alina Porumb, Zsuzsanna Vass, Gothárd Vera.

Visuals: Anna Peter,Alex Popa, Istvan Szakats

Support and documentation: Lavinia Jaba , Vaczi Roland , Emilia Zbranca

Organizers: Leanne Hammacott (body>data>space), Kelemen Kinga, (Groundfloor),  Rarita Zbranca (Altart)

More pictures coming soon!

 

Ghislaine Boddington presenting ‘Robots and Avatars’ at ‘European Audiences: 2020 and beyond’ Conference in Brussels

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Organised by the EU Commission and Culture in Motion, the Conference ‘European Audiences: 2020 and beyond’ conference recognizes audience development as a crucial priority in the proposal for the Creative Europe Programme for the period 2014-2020.

Ghislaine Boddington will present body>data>space pioneer methodology in the creative engagement of the audience through digital and interactive tools, focusing especially on Robots and Avatars EU project.

Bringing together top level cultural practitioners and operators involved in EU collaborative projects and recognized as innovators in engaging the public, the Conference will focus on audience development as a strategic, dynamic and interactive process of making the arts widely accessible.

16-17 October 2012 at the EGG in Brussels.

Read more about Ghislaine’s presentation on this page.

More information and reports.

 

Robots and Avatars is going to KIBLA – Slovenia!

The exhibition presents a variety of immersive experiences – from unconventional approaches to social networks, re-defining and exploring their influences and dead ends, through virtual worlds rendered into pixels through the act of touch, collaborative landscapes stretching beyond the confines of popular gaming, to electro-acoustic biological extensions, wearable technologies and interactive robotic elements that affect and try to define us, to seemingly ordinary, human behavior imitating robots.

Alongside the presented artworks,the Exhibition will include a series of workshops run by Artists, events and debates.

Exhibiting artists and works:
Louis Philippe Demers/Processing Plant (CA, DE): The Blind Robot; Ruairi Glynn / Motive Colloquies (UK): Sociable Asymmetry; Michael Takeo Magruder, Drew Baker, Erik Fleming, David Steele (UK): Visions of Our Communal Dreams; Niki Passath (AT): ZOE; Mey Lean Kronemann (DE): lumiBots; Sašo Sedlaek (SI): Beggar 1.0; Andre Almeida, Gonçalo Lopes, Francisco Dias, Guilherme Martins (PT): NAVI; Marco Donnarumma (UK): Music for flesh II; Martin Bricelj Baraga, Slavko Glamoanin / MoTA (SI): Public avatar, Martin Bricelj Baraga (SI): RoboVox; Aymeric Mansoux, Dave Griffiths, Marloes de Valk (FR, UK, NL): Naked on Pluto; Salvatore Iaconesi, Oriana Persico / Art is Open Source (IT): The Electronic Man; Matthieu Cherubini (CH): rep.licants.org; Martin Hans Schmitt (DE): Robot world

Opening performance
Marco Donnarumma (UK): Music for flesh II
Read more here.

 

“Collectively Engaged” : first outputs and perspectives

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Collectively EngagedHere are the first outputs and perspectives of our two Days of Forums dedicated to digital co-productions and content development in the UK, exploring digital innovation and creation through collaboration and knowledge sharing in the EU:

  • Wednesday 19th September, 2012 – Day 1
    Collectively Engaged – Digital Collaborations across the EU
  • Thursday 20th September, 2012 – Day 2
    Collectively Engaged – Digital Content Development in the UK

Keynotes speakers and moderators included Ruth Mackenzie (Director, Cultural Olympiad), Frank Boyd (Director, Creative Industries, KTN) and Ghislaine Boddington (Creative Director body>data>space) alongside a set of key funders, artists, digital content creators, innovators, strategists and producers.

In-depth and high quality discussions emerged from the audience and panel members around a set of key topical areas:

  • ‘VALUE versus VALUES’ came very strongly through during these 2 days as an area of questioning and thinking. Can creators and artists maintain ethical value and integrity as well as being recognized as creating socio-economic values in society and engaging with the commercial world? In effect how do artists go about seeking models that can insert their core values and beliefs into the commercial world with adequate remuneration?
  • The issue of “language of understanding” between arts / culture and creative / technology business sectors was explored: If artists and creatives want to use commercial money then we need to acknowledge language differences, in effect combating the siloed nature of professional and disciplinary language that affect groups trying to work together across working cultures and areas of expertise.
  • Developing new sustainable business models for creativity and innovation, preserving the diversity of this mixed ecosystem. “If art inspires the commercial world”, are we happy as artists to do just that, with the implication that there is no financial reward for our work, or do we have to build bridges into to the commercial world? How do we build bridges to the few islands of opportunity left in these commercially challenging times?
  • The issue of content provision, the status and the needs of the artists and true creative development within the “creative industries” galaxy. Artists have to contract and mutate their vision to become technically achievable but how as artists do we do that without complying to purely commercial values.

Key challenges :

The seminar also involved Break out groups on Value vs. Values, new business models and public as creator and inter-culturalism.

Concern was also raised over the value derived by participants of so called ‘hack days’ / labs / workshops – including what professional and creative values are derived from them? What content is created by them? And more pressingly, as much fun as they are, how do people pay the rent by contributing their time and energy to an event with little or no return.

A report of this Forum will be available and widely distributed by the beginning of October, featuring key content, quotes, references and audio-visual inputs.

In the meantime, follow the intense Twitter stream of these past 2 days on: #collectivelyengaged
Curated by body>data>space on the  invitation of Europe House with the support of Knowledge Transfer Network – Creative Industries
The Robots & Avatars – UK Selection Showcase is on until 28th September at Europe House.

 

Next step for Robots & Avatars

The Robots & Avatars Exhibition came to a close at the end of May at FACT, Liverpool after 10 weeks, with nearly 20.000 people visiting the Exhibition and exciting international press and TV coverage. Have a look to the TV episode that BBC Click dedicated at the Exhibition here.

Did you have a chance to play and draw with ADA, share your thoughts with Robovox, create holographic hand-ballet movement in Base8 or show off with meyouandus? Please share your stories and pictures with us and follow us via Robots and Avatars Twitter and Facebook.

Robots and Avatars showcases the most exciting visions and innovations from international artists, designers and architects, exploring their impact on the future of work and play. The Exhibition will be presented in London, at Europe House from 19th to 28th September 2012, so get ready for more cutting edge interaction blurring the boundaries between physical and virtual worlds!

It will tour onwards to KIBLA (Slovenia) and AltArt, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in 2012.

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