Learning Experiences

‘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

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

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

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!

Learning Experiences in Harris Academies

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The new school year is well underway and body>data>space and Robots and Avatars have been delivering learning experiences at both the Harris Academy South Norwood and Harris Academy Merton.

With the students at South Norwood we have been exploring Telepresence – full body two way video connections projected onto very large screens and at Merton we have been experimenting with, creating and modifying our own Avatars in Second Life. We have also been running learning experiences which how social media and social networks can be used by young people to get their voices heard about the issues that really matter to them.

The students have been doing some great work, thinking about innovation and creatively experimenting with new technologies and the skills that will help them in their future work lives.  We hope to share some of the work done by the students as the term progresses.

idiscover Learning Experiences

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Robots and Avatars are delivering a series of learning experiences as part of iDiscover which engage young people in the skill-sets, aptitudes, resources and methodologies they will require for work and play in the future.

The learning experiences explore issues of identity, communication and team work for the 21st century with young people. Through the blending of virtual/physical worlds we give young people the opportunity to investigate and play with their relativity to others in online virtual spaces.

We provide key creative trainers to deliver the sessions who bring with them excellence in areas of collaboration, articulation, self presentation and socialisation.

Learning experiences are offered in the areas of:-

  • Avatars and Virtual Worlds
  • Robotics
  • Telematics
  • Virtual Physical Event Production & Management
  • Social Media

A full education pack is available on request.
body>data>space is a learning provider for NESTA’s idiscover education programme working with schools in London (The Harris Federation), Manchester and the Scottish Highlands which helps young people develop skills and attributes needed in an innovation driven society.