“The exhibition tackles the overlap between the virtual and the real worlds.” Wired


Robots and Avatars Exhibition showcases the most exciting visions and innovations from international artists, designers and architects, exploring their impact on the future of work and play. Robots and Avatars departs from pop culture imagery and re-imagines these technologies for a new reality: how do we envisage our future relationships with robotic and avatar colleagues and playmates, and what point does this evolution cross our personal boundaries of what it is to be a living, feeling human being?

Robots and Avatars is a programme of work which began in 2009. It was originally conceived and produced by body>data>space who led the project through research and development into an EU Culture project involving 5 other UK and European partners.

The exhibition presents immersive experiences – from physical limbs rendered into pixels through the act of touch, collaborative landscapes stretching beyond the confines of popular gaming, to wearable and interactive technologies that guide and confound.  Robots and Avatars has presented exhibits and a series of commissions developed in collaboration with the National Theatre including Michael Takeo Magruder and associates / Visions of our Communal Dreams; Louis Philippe Demers /Processing Plant / The Blind Robot.
Overall the Exhibition has presented the work of 38 artists and collaborators, women and men of all ages, from Belgium , Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and U.S.A.

You can access all the artworks presented here.

Touring Exhibition

The Robots and Avatars has been touring from the UK to Slovenia and Romania with a bespoke artistic selection to fit the needs and expectations of their local communities:

 

Jury’s selection

Following the ‘Robots and Avatars’ Call for Proposal launched in August 2011 for which we received just under 200 applications from 27 countries, the exhibited works were selected by the following committee of international experts, in KIBLA/Maribor in November 2011: Ghislaine Boddington (body-data-space, London, UK), Mike Stubbs (FACT, Liverpool, UK), Aleksandra Kostic (KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia), David Sabel (Digital department of National Theatre, London, UK), Istvan Szakáts (AltArt, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Dooeun Choi (Independent Curator), Cameron Bobro (independent artist, Santa Barbara, USA) and Peter Tomaž Dobrila (Public Institute Maribor 2012 – ECC, Maribor, Slovenia).

View the full Jury’s selection here.

 

What do the MEDIA say about the Robots and Avatars?

In 2012  ‘Robots and Avatars’ has been reaching millions of people worldwide. ‘Robots and Avatars’ has been covered in:

  • Top level UK, local, national and international Press TV and Radio programmes
  • English, Arabic, Farci, Spanish, Russian, Slovenian, Romanian
  • General and specialised media including Technology/Innovation, Business, Arts and Culture, Science, Education, Entertainment…

Read and see more on our MEDIA page

 

Credits

The Robots and Avatars exhibition is part of the RACIF EU project, coordinated by lead organiser body>data>space (London, UK) and co-organisers are KIBLA (Maribor/Slovenia) and AltArt (Cluj Napoca/Romania). In the UK, associate partners are FACT (Liverpool) and National Theatre (London). With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union, this project was conceived by lead producer body>data>space in association with NESTA. Supported using public funding by the Arts Council of England. See partners page for full credits

 

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