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Robots and Avatars e-publication is out

We are very happy to announce that Robots and Avatars e-publication is out now,  featuring the most exciting visions from international experts and artists on the future of work and play.

The final output of our EU Culture project, the e-publication explores Artificial Intelligence, Health and Well Being, Behaviours and Ethics and more through a series of contributions, videos and vodcasts, curated to stimulate onward debates and for all to use as great education resources

Access here

‘Visions of Our Communal dreams’ workshops in Tallinn

body>data>space has been invited by the British Council Estonia to run workshops on Avatars and Virtual Worlds from 4th to to 6th October in Tallinn as part of the Vaba Linn (Free City) programme that will culminate with a conference at the end of October.

Led by Leanne Hammacott, Michael Takeo Magruder and Drew Baker, the workshop will be linked to Visions of Our Communal Dreams (Robots and Avatars Commission) to give participants the opportunity to develop digital media skills and processes and to use these newly learned skills to collaborate with members of the Visions of Our Communal Dreams creative team to develop resources for the artwork’s communal virtual forest.

These collaborative outcomes will be integrated into the Visions of Our Communal Dreams art installation in taking place in Tallinn later in October 2013.

The workshop takes place at Estonian Academy of Arts and is organised by Kultuurikatel Hub & Labs, Estonian Academy of Arts & British Council in Estonia.

Read more about body>data>space creative training offer here

Women in Technologies

‘How do we ensure a feminine viewpoint will emerge in the next generations of arts, software development, web, social media and other digital businesses?’

As a female led interdisciplinary design collective, body>data>space is recognised as international long term advocators for equal access for women in technology, promoting and supporting the work of many female artists and researchers.

As we become more deeply engaged in the digital world of virtual physical communications, collaborations and connections across the EU, we found imperative to examine some of the issues for women and girls in relationship to digital access and creation.

Check our Women in Tech report and videos emerging from the debates and discussions we run at KIBLA with AltArt, FACT and associated experts, as part of Robots and Avatars last May:

> Read the Report

> Watch the videos and interviews from different women involved technology in Europe

> Pictures from the activities

body>data>space experts, artists and team have designed a programme of work, including a series of debates, conferences, mentoring, workshops that specifically addresses this imperative need for young women and women to be empowered to join the growing digital/technology/media world as active and successful professionals. Read more about our creative offer here

More activities will be announced soon for the autumn 2013 so please get in touch and watch this space to learn more!

Book for Robots and Avatars workshops at Watermans

After last year success of  ‘Hey There Pussycat‘ body>data>space team returns at Watermans Art Centre for another series of creative workshops.

Led and conceived  by body>data>space ‘Robots and Avatars’ project explores how young people will work and play with new representational forms of themselves and others in virtual and physical life in the next 10-15 years.

Our workshops are aimed at stimulating the soft and hard skills and knowledge that young people will need for their future careers and workplaces, such as the use of content creation software, audio-visual skills, 3D web design creation but also creativity, self-confidence, communication and  team work.

The Robots and Avatars workshops at Watermans are led by 2 of our top level creative trainers, Michael Takeo Magruder and Simon Green and their teams, both recognised as inspiring and successful artist and creative.

Week 1: Avatars & Virtual Worlds led by Michael Takeo Magruder

During the 5-day event, participants will have the great opportunity to use their newly learned skills to contribute to the development of ‘Visions of Our Communal Dreams artwork, that will be presented at Watermans Centre in the Autumn. The workshop’s participants will develop digital content creation skills linked to avatars and virtual worlds as well as exploring ]the issues of self-representation, identity and collaboration within virtual worlds. WORKSHOP FULLY BOOKED

Week 2 & 3: Creative Industries led by Simon Green and ‘Eventful Design’ team

Creative industries include film, music, fashion, animation, photography, architecture, computer games and crafts. If you would like to be creative with film, music, poetry and photography there is no better place to start than this diverse and exciting workshop! Come and explore these creative areas and work alongside professionals, creating content and learning new digital skills. Contribute to the making of collective digital installation that will platform your work and inspire your audience.

Age 13-18 // Week 1:  29 Jul – 2 Aug // Week 2 and 3 : 5-9 Aug & 19 – 23 Aug,

Book your tickets here

Robots and Avatars in in Taiwan’s annual Digital and Performing Arts Festival publication

We are very happy to announce that body>data>space and Robots and Avatars got showcased in Taiwan’s annual Digital and Performing Arts Festival vol. 2, a beautiful publication featuring some of the most innovative digital artists and producers at an international level.

The article (in mandarin only) illustrates body>data>space visions and background, especially focusing on two Artists part of Robots and Avatars: the virtual/physical blended world ‘Visions of our Communal Dreams‘ by Michael Takeo Magruder With Drew Baker, Erik Fleming and David Steele (Robots and Avatars Commission) and the multi-connected telepresence experience ‘me and my shadow‘ by Jo Hyde with Phill Tew.

 

Access the publication here.

BBC Arabic 4 Tech reports on ‘Robots and Avatars’

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