Figuring: Exploring bodies, materiality and touch in a multi-person Virtual Reality framework

The Figuring Project

Lunchtime Talks at the Pervasive Media Studio


Please note: This event took place in Nov 2018

Exploring bodies, materiality and touch in a multi-person Virtual Reality framework

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

In this Lunchtime Talk Studio Resident Lisa May Thomas joins us to discuss The Figuring Project, which brings together artistic, scientific, and technological expertise and practices and asks, what happens to our bodies in a simulated virtual world?

Dance artist and researcher Lisa May Thomas, project artistic lead, will be talking about how this project came to be, the creative processes involved across many different disciplines, and about the prototype participatory installation event which happened at the University of Bristol this September.

The Figuring project brings together an experienced team of dancers, designers, digital technicians, and computational scientists, enabling an exchange of skills and knowledge between scientific and artistic practices. Molecular physicist and Computer Scientist Dr. David Glowacki, is the scientific and technological lead for the project.

Alongside Lisa, Mark Wonnacott, who designed the visual virtual aesthetic for Figuring with David Glowacki, Mike O’Connor and Lisa May Thomas, plus Emma Hughes, who was the project producer will both also be present and will talk a little about their roles in the project.

The Pervasive Media Studio is located within the Watershed building. Let us know if you'd like a tour and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to