7 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
The Games Europe Plays <> Body Tech
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.
Enter a journey where your body, mind and senses will be guided and confounded. Are you ready to explore the uncanny valley?
Donnarumma (Italy) uses his heart beats,
blood stream and muscle contractions to create digital music and media. Anna
Dumitriu with Alex May (UK) turns Staphylococcus aureus bacteria collected on her body into an and a virtual reality
experience. 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. Dutch game ‘Songs of Elstryn’ will invite to rebalance yourself
physically and mentally. More exciting names to be announced soon!
Ivor Diosi, a native Slovak artist based in Prague who is a member of the International Centre for Art and New Technologies (CIANT) and may be considered a technological magician. He works at the frontiers of science, new technologies, video games, and bio-art virtual and hybrid entities.
The exhibition is the second in a 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 and digital experiences 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.
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 British Council and Arts Council England. It is presented at the Stephen
Lawrence Gallery and supported by the University of Greenwich (Department of Creative
Professions & 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
Opening: Wednesday 6 July at 6.30pm, please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Cover image: ‘Molding the Signifier’ by Ivor Diosi
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell St, London, SE10 9BD
From: 7 Jul 2016
To: 26 Aug 2016
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event