Robots and Avatars – our colleagues and playmates of the future, is an innovative project which explores how people will work and play with new representational forms of themselves and others in virtual and physical life in the next 10-15 years. It examines multi-identity evolutions of today’s generations within the context of a world in which virtual and physical spaces are increasingly blended.
The Robots and Avatars Learning Experiences are cutting-edge training for emerging creatives and professionals from diverse sectors and backgrounds mixing a set of skills linked to Avatars and Virtual Worlds, Robotic Futures and Tele-presence, giving artists, students, schools and cultural professionals an illuminating set of skills, aptitudes, resources and methodologies linked to the themes and help prepare for future jobs and careers in a fast moving and technological 21st century.
Robots and Avatars is run by body>data>space- an East London/Tech City design collective creating innovative connections between performance, architecture, virtual worlds and new media.
Leanne has worked with body>data>space since its formation in 2005, coming from a background in dance/body and technology.
She has gained extensive experience managing the company and the studio as well as the large scale projects moving through the unit. She works on rehearsal direction and content development for performance and telematic workshops such as NESTA idiscover. Leanne has worked alongside Ghislaine Boddington since 2001 as part of the shinksnsen / Future Physical team. She has been involved in the rehearsal direction and content development of several shinkansen dance and technology projects including; Virtual Incarnations (ICA/Dance Umbrella), with Akademi of Indian Dance leading and performing in workshops on Telematics and Identity. She was one of the team of producers that enabled the commissioning of 20 art technology pieces for Future Physical between 2001-4, and was the project manager of a 3 year programme of Virtual Incarnations for Dance Umbrella Festival.
Leanne is now project producer of ‘Robots and Avatars – our colleagues and playmates of the future’ exploring how young people will work and play with new representational forms of virtual and physical life in 10-15 years time. She has deep experience in international co-production, the bringing together 5 -10 partners to work together on multi-country collaboration projects. She is now producer of the international projects Robots and Avatars, MADE and E-MOTIONAL.
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