Artaud Forum 5 / International METABODY Forum 2016: "Performance Architectures, Wearables and Gestures Of Participation"



[Federico Visi, Paula Guzzanti, Javier Aparicio during improvised concert on the last night of Metabody Forum, left; visitors entering metakimosphere installation on Friday, right]

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Performing/Exhibiting Artists and Researchers

(Thursday/Friday/Saturday April 7, 8, 9)

Jaime del Val & Cristian García (Instituto Reverso, Madrid, Spain)

Jaime del Val is meta-media artist, philosopher and activist, director of Reverso and coordinator of the METABODY Project Jaime del Val develops transdisciplinary projects in the convergence of arts, technologies, critical theory and activism, proposing redefinitions of embodiment, perception and affects that challenge the ontological foundations of contemporary control society as well as challenging traditional conception of the human, of binary gender-sex conceptions and of perceptual colonialism.

Cristian García is a photographer and media artist, and a collaborator on the METABODY project.


Caroline Yan Zheng (Royal College of Art, London)

Caroline Yan Zheng is currently undertaking an MPhil/PhD research at the Royal College of Art in Information Experience Design and Fashion. Her research examines the emotional relationships mediated by technology through the making of tangible and interactive material experience. In her previous projects, she has connect emotion sensors to drive kinetic textile installation in the space.
Twitter @_caroline6868


Salud López (Seville, Spain):

Salud López Pineda es coreógrafa e investigadora gestual. Actualmente dirige el LaboratorioSLD "La pensée en mouvement" en «Tierra de nadie» De no man's land ànomal nomade. Expérience pédagogique en création y desarrolla la poiesis "Parad is0 no hay billetes". Ha concebido un sinfín de proyectos como PistaDigital, Proyecto Paso, Bauhaus Catedrales y Catedral Cinetica, Coreógrafas Pret à Porter, endanza en lugar de creación. Desde 1990 también dirige la compañía de danza contemporánea Octubredanza. Estudia Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad de Sevilla, en otras escuelas de danza y compañías nacionales e internacionales. En 2005 creó Sevilla Corporativa Dance. Sus colaboraciones coreográficas incluyen artistas prominentes, como Andrés Marín, Israel Galván, y el Northern Stage Company de Newcastle. Salud López es el directora artística y responsable del proyecto endanza lugar de creación (Sevilla 2000), desde donde se apoya a empresas, grupos y agencias en la creación y difusión de sus proyectos y se realiza la Bauhaus Catedrales-Catedral Cinética-Cadenas de Cristal dentro del programa Internacional Mira! (Cultura 2000). Salud López impartió el talleres coreográficos para Master del Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design de Londres, y fue coordinadora en el Centro de Actividades Flamencas Mario Maya (1996-1998). Fundadora de la Asociación de amigos y profesionales de la danza, organizadora del Foro para el Desarrollo de la Danza en Andalucía (2006), desarrolló la investigación " Nuevos yacimientos para la mejora de la calidad del empleo y la empleabilidad de los trabajadores
en el ámbito de la danza. Salud López crea y dirige la PistaDigital y premio "Creativa" (2007). También imparte formación en danza en España y en el extranjero. En la actualidad López trabaja en la obra "Parad is0, no hay billetes" entre otras y realiza un curso de doctorado en Artes visuales en la Universidad de Evora.


Janice Jones
(Arts Education, University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

A Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, Janice is a digital explorer, artist, writer, storyteller and performer. Her recent community arts ventures include the 2015 exhibition of art works and digital voices of 32 young people in the Talk Up! WHADDUP Indigenous Youth Augmented Reality Art Exhibition. Her support of digital storytelling with Indigenous child care workers and a team of literacy educators over three months in 2015 supported the community of Kulila Indigenous Kindergarten, Toowoomba to use digital tools to create and share unique storybooks for children and families. These engagements build upon her early years as a platform poet with Commonword in Manchester; filming street performers in the USA during a 3 month Churchill Fellowship in the 1980s and upon her two years of work with Ojibwa artists and storytellers in Ontario and Quebec a decade later. Janice has 30 years’ international teaching experience world wide and she delights in having ‘survived and thrived’ during five tumultuous years with NextEd and the Global University Alliance: both were global start-up ventures putting universities online in the dot com boom. As an arts practitioner Janice has been invited by the University of Cambridge Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network in 2014 as a visiting scholar with the Pedagogy, Language, Arts and Culture in Education group, after well-attended seminars there and with the Faculty of Education at the University of Exeter in 2012. International and Australian keynotes and conference presentations highlight Janice’s passion for communities and the arts for deep and life-long learning. Her many publications and workshops on creativity and asset-based community development have inspired educators, arts practitioners and young people worldwide. Recent awards include funding for an Open Education site where Janice draws upon story and myth to make meaning across the arts: this USQ-funded project emphasises open sharing and re-purposing of arts content under a Creative Commons Share-Alike License.


Federico Visi (Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research [ICCMR] Plymouth University, UK)

Federico Visi is a researcher, composer and performer. After obtaining his master’s degree in communication, multimedia and design, he studied music for image in Milan and composition at the music academy Accademia Pianistica in Imola. He is currently based in Plymouth (UK) where he is conducting his doctoral research at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). His research focuses on body movement in performances with traditional musical instruments. He has composed music for films and installations, performed live in solo sets, with bands and in contemporary theatre and dance performances, and presented his research at several international conferences. He has worked and is currently working on collaborative interdisciplinary projects with researchers in Europe (Ghent University, University of Bologna),


Javier Aparicio Frago (Communicaion Science and Arts Department of Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid. Spain) with Javi F Gorostiza (Systems Engineering and Automation Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain)

Musician and visual artist. Phd Candidate of Communicaion Science and Arts Department of Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC). (Madrid. Spain), Postgraduate Performing Arts (2009) and Art and New Technologies (2005) in the Universidad Europea de Madrid. (UEM), Fine Arts Degree (1998) in Universidad de Barcelona (UB) and Musical Studies (1983-1999) at Conservatorio del Liceo and Aula de Musicos. (Barcelona. Spain) and Arts and Crafts in Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Zaragoza (1991-93). Combines his artistic side with research and teaching tasks: Has participated in several multidisiplinary projects, composing music for theatre and performing or playing with contemporary dance and theatre companies, or developing his own projects, around Spain, France, Poland, United States, Mexico, and South Korea. Between (2008-11) has teached Digital Culture and Art in Istituto Europeo di Design (IED Madrid). In 2010 has been invited for te Contemporary Dance Association of South Korea to the Crossing of Movements Project Residency Program in Seoul and Jeju Island (Republic of Korea). Actually works as set designer and Performing Arts teacher at Escuela de Arte Dramático of Council of Madrid (EMAD) and collaborating with Aula de las Artes of Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. (UC3M) in the Crossing Stages European Project.

Javi F Gorostiza works as Assistant Professor at the Systems Engineering and Automation Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UCIIIM). He received the Msc Degree on Physics Science in 1999, another MSc Degree in Electronics Engineering in 2002, and received the PhD degree on Robotics in 2010. His researching activity includes different disciplines: human natural communication, interaction models to Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), dialog systems, non-verbal interaction, synesthesia, multimodal interaction, and social robots. His publications include both papers in journals with high JCR index, and in the main proceedings related with HRI and social robots. He also collaborates with Arts applying HRI techniques to dance, music, performance and installation. He collaborates with some Arts entities as the Dance Laboratory in the UCIIIM, the Facultad de Bellas Artes in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and the Medialab-Prado, a cultural center that focuses in Arts, Technology and New Media.

Paula Guzzanti (School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Paula Guzzanti is a PhD candidate in the School of Creative Arts, QUB. She is an independent dance artist and movement specialist teacher. Her artistic interest are in site-specific performance, screen-based performance, devising and performance of children’s dance theatre work, and movement improvisation practices. Paula has received a Master in Letters by research from Trinity College Dublin (2009), a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts from Belfast Met (2011). She is a trained dancer from the National School of Dance Buenos Aires.

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Martin Devek

Martin Devek is a multidisciplinary artist, creator of original music, film and fine arts. In 2015 he had a Solo exhibition at the Millennium Hall, City of Derry and groups exhibitions in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast and the Galway City Gallery. In 2014 he was invited to work for the Volvo Golf World Match Competition, England to produce a portrait of the winner. He was commissioned to paint Mikko Ilonnen, World No49 for his private collection and also was commissioned to paint a series of portraits of golfer Rory McIlroy for Hollywood Golf Club. He ccontinues to work on private commissions globally. His works are held in private collections in the UK, Ireland, Germany, United States, and Argentina. He creates original music for visual media. In theatre pieces, he composed music for Bubleloon (Belfast Children Festival, 2013) and a Spoon full of Jelly (Down Arts Centre, 2016) among others. In film, ‘None’, and ‘The last battle’. He created the music and performed live for the experimental piece ‘I-Reflexes’ recently performed in the R-Space Gallery, Lisburn and to be performed at Brunel University, London and the Black Box, Belfast. He holds a BA in Music form CONSUDEC, Argentina, a Masters Certificate in Composing music for Film and TV from Berklee College of Music USA, and an MA in Computer Music from Maynooth University, Ireland.

Tristan Clutterbuck (School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast)

Tristan is a sonic artist and PhD candidate Queen’s University Belfast.

Maria Kapsali
(University of Leeds, UK)

Maria Kapsali is a Lecturer in Physical Performance in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. She has recently published the co-authored DVD/Booklet Yoga and Actor Training (Routledge, 2015) and edited a special issue of Theatre Dance and Performance Training Journal entitled ‘Training, Politics and Ideology’ (July 2014). She is a co-convenor of the TaPRA Performer Training Working Group and co-editor of the Theatre Dance and Performance Training Blog

Simon East (Curvor Ltd, UK)

Simon East is a software designer and programmer with over 20 years’ experience of developing desktop and mobile applications and services. He is the co-founder of Curvor Limited, a mobile application development consultancy. A recent Curvor project was developing a mobile application to control sensory rooms made by Experia Limited. The app introduced new ways for users with learning difficulties to interact with the lighting systems in the room. Simon is a digital artist who’s work often incorporates technology smartphone Apps, Raspberry Pi’s etc. His background of 20 years experience in programming for mobile devices allows him to create all kinds of bespoke technical devices to incorporate into his work. Simon’s most recent work is Sonolope ( – an app that runs on a smartphone or smartwatch that allows the participants to create three dimensional immersive soundscapes as they move around. Simon also works together with Jane Wood as Diploopia ( Their focus is on producing highly interactive multimedia installations that fully engage with audiences. Their best known work to date was the BodyRemixer installation shown at Leeds Light Night, the National Media Museum and Nottingham Light

Larissa Ferreira (University of Brasilia, Brasil)

She lives in Brazil, is a professor at a Dance Bachelor in Brasília (Institute Federal of Brasília) where she teaches Dance and Technology, Pilates, History and Theory of Dance. Since 2015 she is the curator of the PixelPoro, event for dance, performance and technologies. The first two editions was focused on the language of the video. She has been working in several projects of performance, dance, technology and urban art in many countries; Brazil (Bahia, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Rio de Janeiro, Distrito Federal, São Paulo), Portugal, Finland, USA, Germany, Italy, Qatar. Theoretical works presented and published in London (Live Art Almanac Volume 3), Finland, Brazil and Argentina.

Some works: IntransInto (2005), Jardim dos Ceticos (2005), Perecivel (2006) , Mobilidade Opaca (2007), Ovun (2007/2010), Vulto (2009), Tatica Ocupacional (2011), Imanente (2011), Maquina de Fazer Brisa (2010), Sentidos da Presença (2012), Corpo em Obra (2012 – 2016) // Exhibitions and art presentations in Brazil: Biennial Recôncavo (Salvador/BA, 2006 and 2013); Collective exhibition Visio; Recôncavo Bienal (2012, Salvador/Bahia); Collective Exhibition: Festival Performance Arte Brazil- Modern Art Museum MAM (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 2011); Collective Video Exhibition About City/Sobrecidade: Gallery in the Republic National Museum (Brasilia, 2010);

Collective Exhibition:

Performance: body, Technology and Politics. Theater Dulcina. (Brasília, DF, 2010); Collective Exhibition: in the Artist Residence in Nucleo of Visual Arts NAVE Bentevi (Recife, PE, 2010); Performance With Pocha Nostra and Guillermo Gomez Peña in Brazil (RJ, Theater Tom Jobim, 2010); Latin Urban Performance (BA, 2010); Performance: Body, Technology and Politic (DF, 2010); Art Technology (Gallery in the Republic National Museum.

(Brasilia/DF, Brazil 2008/2009); Bodycity-urban aesthetics (BA, 2008); International Festival Arts Media (DF, 2008); Visual Arts Week (Pernambuco, Brazil, 2006); Dorkbot in Gallery Goethe Institut (Salvador/Brazil, 2007); Regional Salon of Visual Arts (Salvador/Brazil, 2006); International Seminar on Cinema (Salvador/Brazil, 2007);

Exhibitions and art presentations in Europe and USA:

- International Circle of Performance Art organized for Gallery Perve curator by Fernando Aguiar (Panteón Nacional, Lisbon/Portugal, 2009);

- Vulto /LAPSody 3rd International Conference & Festival for Live Art and Performance Studies at the Theatre Academy (Helsinki/Finland, 2011);

-Solo Exhibition Korperarbeit with curator by Performance Stammtisch (Gruntaler9, Berlín/Germany, 2012);

-Tanz in August Festival en X- Choreographen group with the coreographer Sebastián Matías (Berlín/Germany, 2012) -Project Space: A Lapse of Absence / Collective Exhibition in the GlogauAir Gallery (Berlín/ Germany, 2012). Download Catalog: gopenstudiossep12bajaresolucion.pdf

-Ovun Projects / C32 PerformamceArtWorkSpace (Venice/Italy, 2013)

- Continuous Present Tense / collective exhibition organized by the Tulsa Living Arts Performance Art Committee (Tulsa/USA, 2013)


1 - FERREIRA , Larissa . Tech - body in the performance In: Art and technology : to understand the present moment and rethink about the future of art (Tec-no-corpo da performação In: arte e tecnologia:para compreender o momento atual e pensar o contexto futuro da arte) . Brasilia : Publisher of PPGArte UNB, 2008 , v.1, p. 174-177 // 2 - FERREIRA , Larissa . Nomadic Performing Telepresence (Derivas performáticas em telepresença). In: Complex Systems Artificial and Natural Mix. Brasilia : Publisher of PPGArte UNB, 2008, vol.1, p . 278-283. // PAPERS IN MAGAZINE 1 - FERREIRA , Larissa . Dance and Performance: The meet of the Efemeral Body (Danza y Performance: El Encuentro del Cuerpo Efímero). Danzanet . Digital magazine on Portal dance - Argentina, 2011 // 2 . FERREIRA , Larissa . Mapping of Deviations : tactics performing in Brazil (Cartografia dos Desvios: táticas performáticas no Brasil) in the Journal of the Graduate Art UNB , Brasilia , 2012 // 3 . FERREIRA , Larissa . Tactical Performance in Brazil (Tactical Performance in Brazil). (the next The Live Art Almanac Volume 3 , London, 2013

Nora O' Murchú (Ireland)

Nora O' Murchú is a designer and curator whose practice examines the networked conditions that make up public social and civic infrastructures. Her work embraces narratives and fictions that results in wearable-objects, exhibitions and interventions. She is currently a lecturer and researcher at the University of Limerick in Ireland, where she is course director for the undergraduate Digital Media Design programme.

She collaborates with Hua Shu who is a graphic designer. Before moving to the United States, Hua lived in Hubei, China for twelve years. As a designer and a perptual foreigner, Hua is interested in the construction of images and the recontextualization of language and signs. Hua studied at Type@ Cooper and currently works in the fashion industry designing trend forecasting publications.


Anna Troisi (Bournemouth University, UK)

Anna Troisi is Lecturer in Digital Media Design and Deputy Head of Emerge - Experimental Media Research Group at The Media School, Bournemouth University. She is a digital artist, experimental electronic musician, improviser, composer, instruments builder and programmer for performance. She joined Bournemouth University in 2013 and she has a background in computer science (MA Computer Science, Bologna) and Nanotechnology (PhD). She worked at ICCMR Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, (University of Plymouth 2009-2010) completing a fruitful postdoctoral position with publications (ICMC International Computer Music Conference 2011, Mit Press Journal, Leonardo 2013) and performances (Lepton Photon Conference, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory - San Francisco 2013, Columbia University - New York City 2011). In 2013 she worked as research associate in multimedia programming for an AHRCfunded project (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. A result of this collaboration is an installation titled “talk to me” that was exhibited at the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (Marseille 2013), EMUfest (Rome 2013) and “distanze” Community Festival of Sound Arts (various location 2014). Her previous performance “Keen-Skin “ based on haptic sensation and neurological data, has been exhibited at DHRA Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts. Dublin City University (2015) and Transmission Symposium, Strategies for Brainwave Interpretation in the Arts (Bournemouth 2015). She recently started a collaboration with Office Of Experiment exhibiting her last sonification of seismic data “Hyperdrone” in Antwerp at Objectif Exhibitions Gallery (Flanders, Belgium), Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art (London) and Wysing Arts
Centre (Cambridge). She is currently active researcher in the field of data sonification, music and interactive cross-disciplinary installations. For published research:
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Peggy Reynolds (Goldsmiths University of London):

Peggy is a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Laura Potrovic (University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle):

Laura is an artist and a Ph.D. student in two doctoral programs: her academic affiliations are University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Faculty of Philosophy - University of Zagreb. Her research practice focues on choreo-singularity amnd choreo-anatomy (and how the dancing body is a body-score of Becoming). She has been showing her current work on tour, traveling I've travelling to Malta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Bloomington, and New York City before arriving at Metabody London.


Randall Packer (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Since the 1980s, multimedia artist, composer, writer and educator Randall Packer has worked at the intersection of interactive media, live performance, and networked art. He has received critical acclaim for his socially and politically infused critique of an increasingly technological society, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals internationally, including: NTT InterCommunication Center (Tokyo), ZKM Center for Art & Media (Karlsruhe), Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), The Kitchen (New York City), ZERO1 Biennial (San Jose), Transmediale Festival of Media (Berlin), and Theater Artaud (San Francisco). Packer is also a writer and scholar in new media, most notably the co-editor of Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality and the author of his long running blog: Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, where he teaches networked art practice.

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Galina Mihaleva (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Galina Mihaleva is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the school of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, where she teaches Technology, Art and Fashion. Her work and research deal primarily with the dialogue between body and dress, driven by the idea of having both a physical and a psychological relationship with a garment as a responsive clothing - wearable technology. Prior to joining NTU, Galina taught at Arizona State University for more than 15 years costume design and designed for world renown choreographers in USA, Asia and] Europe. She is the founder of Galina Couture in Scottsdale, Arizona, where her team develops exclusive collections of one of a kind designs. Her art and design work has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums across United States, Asia, Central and South America and Europe. In 2007 she was nominated for the best design award at Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

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Angeline Young (Arizona State University, USA)

Angline is an artist from San Francisco, California. She creates site-specific dance installation performances that integrate film, found objects from nature, live music, and elements of ritual. Her work investigates the relationship between archive and performance. She is interested in exploring the inherent tension between the fixity of archive and the ephemeral nature of live performance. Her former teachers and current mentors include Carol Murota (Cunningham-based Modern), Christopher Dolder (Graham), Liz Burritt (Contact
Improvisation), Augusta Moore (Feldenkrais and Feldenkrais-based ballet), Blanche Vitero- Brown and Michelle Martin (Afro-Haitian), Mama Naomi Diouf (West African), Derrick Minter (Alvin Ailey Performance Camp), Sam Weber (Tap), and CK Ladzepko (Ghanain Drum and Dance). She is currently an MFA Dance candidate at Arizona State University

Isabelle Arvers (curator/director of Kareron/France)\

A graduate of the Political Sciences Institute and a Master in Management of cultural projects, Isabelle Arvers specializes in new media in 1993. Pioneer in the field of game art in France , she curated Playtime – the gaming room of Villette Numérique (2002), as well as the gallery on “sound games”.

Her following exhibitions and projects then presented the video game as a new language and as a medium for artists: Organizing a gameboy music concert at Project 101, Paris, 2004 She also curated Mind Control, a exhibition for Banana RAM Ancona, Italy , 2004, and Node Runners game festival, for the Region Ile de France in Paris, 2004. Curator Reactivate under Gametime festival, Melbourne, Australia 2004 / 2005. Exhibition curator No Fun ! Games and the gaming experience for Piksel festival in Bergen, Norway , 2005. Playing Real, 2007 Gamerz 2009-2014 Digital Lounge at Maison Populaire, Montreuil , and Game Heroes at the Alcazar , Marseille, 2011.

From 2005, she is interested in machinima ( films made within virtual worlds using real-time 3D engines or video games) and organizes screenings at the Centre Pompidou, at festivals in France and abroad (Czech Republic , Brazil, Canada) since 2009, she organizes workshops initiation or completion of machinima , to democratize a practice that transforms an object of mass consumption into a production tool. She has written for magazines like Arcadi, Amusement, MCD, Digitalarti, Etapes Graphiques and published critical essays on the work of game artists such as Matteo Bittanti or Axel Stockburger. Finally, she published an article on the machinima at MIT Press in 2010 : “Cheats or glitch , voice as a game modification in Machinima” in VOICE Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media , Edited by Norie Neumark , Ross Gibson and Theo Van Leeuwen and was interviewed in “Understanding Machinima , Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual World” published by Jenna NG editions Bloomsbury in 2013.
twitter: @zabarvers


Obioma Oji (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

Obi is a researcher, tutor and design practitioner with interdisciplinary interests. Her research journey has led to practical and theoretical explorations of energy efficiency within an interior architecture and human behaviour context. Her methodological research experiments have included design studies and workshops that allow for personal sensory viewpoints to be explored through physical and verbal dialogues. Her object based explorations, in the form of a human gyroscope, has developed the concept of the sphere as a micro object linking to an idea of ‘implied space’. The aim of her research study would be to analyse maximisation of energy efficiency in the context of existing interior space. The justification of this project is the fact that in the UK, the existing building stock is considered the place where most energy efficiency gains need to be sought. The focus for these energy efficiency gains has been on the upgrading of the external building envelope. Planning and technical regulations as well as governmental grants aim to encourage energy suppliers and homeowners to upgrade their existing building; yet these are beset by obstacles. For example, the adequate specification of changes to the buildings’ envelope, visual changes to the exterior, and the disparity between tenant and homeowner investment in property. This research aims to modify the direction of these dialogues and present a new, alternative way of approaching the retrofitting of buildings emphasising the interior, rather than the exterior of a building and to disseminate these findings. The 'object in space' would connect to the idea of managing energy in interiors by being an intermediate membrane, an article, or circumstance, that fits between the realms of the exterior of a building and clothes. The object would aim to minimise energy use whilst maintaining an appropriate comfort level to the user by focusing on the space a human uses in a static or dynamic state. If clothes were considered intimate space and the bounds of a room social space this study would endeavour to look at developing the concept of personal space - a zone between the two former spaces that could aid energy conservation.


Jung In Jung (University of Huddersfield, UK)

Jung in Jung is a PhD researcher at the Sound Music Image Collaboration Research Centre (S.M.I.C) at the University of Huddersfield, UK. .Sheis a sound artist who has been collaborating with contemporary dancers, and considers how to present sound composition in interesting ways with interactivity. Jung was educated at London Metropolitan University where she specialised in sound and media. She started using computer technology to create installations and performances while she was doing her master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. Her collaborative works were funded by Arts Trust Scotland and commissioned by UNESCO and Glasgow City Halls, and her installation works and performances have been shown in different cities in the UK and other European countries. Jung enjoys working with architects for their urban and landscape design works as well. She worked at Superpool for their participation in AUDI Urban Future Initiative 2012, exhibited at Istanbul Design Biennale, and recently designed sound for the work by 100Landschaftsarchitektur and exhibited at Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo in Berlin. She has completed an artist in residency programme for one year in New York City in 2014, and returned to the UK to pursue her PhD in Music Technology at The University of Huddersfield.


Sonya Russell Saunders

Sonya is a freelance curator, researcher and producer, and she has a deep interest in performance using advanced technology. She has recently been awarded a Curatorial Development bursary funded by Birmingham City University. Her application focused on attendance at the Metabody Forum and becoming involved in the workshops and performances. She is currently examining sociological theory using multi-disciplinary art forms to create situation specific curated performances and exhibitions. In her practice, Sonya is interested in an experimental and collaborative process, working with artists and performers to expand and examine curatorial practice, the role of the curator, the role of the artist and the role of the audience within contemporary art. Within this is an over-arching investigation into ‘performativity’ - what that means in terms of live art, audience participation and performative curatorial practice, distinct from traditional curation. Sonya works with sociological theory (Goffman, Durkheim, Mauss, Jeffrey Alexander), and designs and stages situations where the audience are central to the performance and exhibition.
Twitter: sonya_russell


Sita Popat

Sita is professor of performance and technology at the University of Leeds. Her research interests lie at the intersections between the body, performance, and new media technologies, and she has danced and choreographed with humans, robots, and digital sprites. She is the author of Invisible Connections: dance, Choreography and Internet Communities (2007), and co-editor of Performance Perspectives: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave 2011). She is co-founder and associate editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Taylor & Francis). She sits on the board of trustees for DV8 Physical Theatre. In her spare time, Sita plays a gnome healer in World of Warcraft.

See Sita Popta's lecture at Corporeal Computing Conference, 2013

Doros Polydorou

Doros is currently program leader of the digital media and creative cultures program at the University of Hertfordshire. He is a creative practitioner combinign skills in both art and technology. His focus is to investigate technological embodiment through the integration of technology with live stage performances. During the last few years, he has done extensive work on Game Engines, Arduino Boards, wireless sensors, camera vision systems and motion capture systems. he has worked with dancers, with live music composers, sound engineers, costume designers, stage designers and visual artists. he has published extensively on a topic related with art and technology: robotics. His current research interests include wearable technology, holography, and haptic feedback technologies.



Maria Mitsi

Maria is an MA Student in Digital Scenography and Performance at University of Hertfordshire. Her research proposal for her MA is titled "Digital Scenography: a dialogue of emotions between the art of dance and projection mapping techniques", and it aims to investigate how technology interacts with the art of dance, through a dialogue of emotions, movement, space and projection mapping techniques. She plasn to use projection mapping techniques to create a digital performance and visually emphasize the body movements and the feelings of the performers in a space. Integrating technology as a scenography element among dance and relating visual images, will give the opportunity to the creator and performer to explore and discover alternatives perspective of expressing their feelings through digital images.


Rosella Galindo (Mexico /Queen Mary University London)

Rosella Galindo is a dance artist and researcher, as well as a digital media producer based in London. Her current aim is to merge arts, media and digital technology to create meaningful interactive systems. After completing her MA in Analysis of Art at Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in collaboration with Brunel University (2014), she is currently a Media and Arts Technology PhD researcher in Queen Mary University of London. While doing research at Brunel University in 2013-24, she joined DAP-Lab as a guest artist and performed in for the time being [Victory over the Sun] at Sadler's Wells. As a choreographer she has experimented with contemporary and street dance languages. As a dancer she has worked with DAP-Lab (dance and technology), Ensamble 21 (jazz dance), Beyond the Groove Company (street dance) and Colectivo Vortex (contemporary dance), performing around Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and London, UK. She has co-directed dance performance, as well as managed dance groups and the executive production of diverse live showcases and theatre performances, such as Dance to the Beat (2007, 2008 y 2009), Aura Creativa (2012), Vorágine (2013), and Belly Gym dance academy artistic programs and events. Her academic research focuses on contemporary dance aesthetics, performance and technology, communication into interactive multimedia systems, reformulation of artistic languages through digital media, performer's aesthetic experience and Aguascalientes’ dance historical record as well as cultural policies. Galindo has also freelanced for more than 8 years as a filmmaker and media producer for social and performing arts (video, photography, digital performance and advertising). Website:


Kathleen McDermott (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA)

Kathleen McDermott is a media artist with a background in installation and sculpture. She has worked as a professional fabricator for numerous artists, institutions and film productions in New York. In early 2012 she relocated to Hong Kong, where she completed her MFA in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. There, she immersed herself in DIY and Maker technologies, combining her knowledge
of fabrication and sculpture with open-source hardware to create unique, interactive artworks. After nearly three years in Hong Kong, Kathleen returned to New York to work as a Teaching Artist, designing and leading workshops and classes on filmmaking and DIY tech in NYC schools. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and continuing work on a series of electronic wearable artworks titled Urban Armor; a series that has been featured in a range of major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Dezeen. Kathleen had prepared to attend and show her video series "Urban Armor", unfortunately she could not fly to London and so only her work was exhibited briefly on the night of the symposium workshop.

DAP-Lab (London, UK) - Johannes Birringer, Michèle Danjoux, Yoko Ishiguro, Azzie McCutcheon, Vanessa Michielon, Helenna Ren, Angeliki Margeti, Hae-in Song, Martina
Reynolds, Elisabeth Sutherland, Chris Bishop, Sasha Pitale, Hongye Deng, Waka Arai, and Neal Spowage

Johannes Birringer (director)

Johannes Birringer is an independent choreographer/media artist. Since 1993 he has been artistic director of the Houston-based AlienNation Co (, and his ensemble has shown work in Europe and the Americas. His film installation “Vespucci” toured Brazil in 2001; a dance film, “XU”, was created and exhibited in Beijing in 2004, and “Canções dos olhos / Augenlieder“ was featured at SARC, Belfast and the 2007 Dança em Foco in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His collaborative telematic installation “East by West,“ first shown at Festspielhaus Hellerau, was featured at DEAF2003 in Rotterdam; the music-film oratorio, “Corpo, Carne e Espírito,“ opened the 2008 FIT Theatre Festival in Belo Horizonte. In 2003 he founded the Interaktionslabor, a annual interactive summer laboratory, in a disused coalmine in southwest Germany and conducted international workshops there from 2003- 2014. He is co-founder of the DAP-Lab, and has developed research and performance works with the lab ensemble. The dance exhibition “Suna no Onna“ premiered in London in 2007 and was recreated at Watermans in 2008. DAP-Lab’s UKIYO [Moveable Worlds] was featured at KIBLA Media Arts Center in Slovenia and at London’s Sadler’s Wells in 2010, and a new dance work, "for the time being,"[Victory over the Sun] was featured at Waterman's Digital Arts Festival in May 2012. His dance film, Lung Pulmo Pneumo, featuring Angeliki Margeti, was released in late 2012, and exhbited at Cinedans Festival in Amsterdam, 2014. DAP-Lab’s expanded dance opera, for the time being [Victory over the Sun], premiered at London's Sadlers Wells in 2014. The new series of immersive dance installations, metakimospheres, began touring in Europe in 2015-16.

Twitter: @DAP_Lab

Michèle Danjoux (director)

Michèle is a fashion designer and fashion educator who has collaborated on a number of cross-disciplinary and publicly exhibited projects placing fashion design in a wider arts and cultural context, including Satellites of Fashion and Textures of Memory: The Poetics of Cloth. She has participated in numerous design and performance works and her design films have been shown at Wearable Futures (Newport), Digital Cultures (Nottingham), and DRHA (Dartington). The "Klüver" film installation of emergent design was exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial's "Design in Motion" festival, June 2007. An interest in the interactive potentials of wearables in real-time performative contexts has driven her ongoing artistic and research interests. Her Teshigahara collection incorporating sensor technologies premiered at DAP-Lab's Suna no Onna performance staged at Laban Centre, 2007, and was shown at “Inside Out,” Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, in 2008. Most recently, Danjoux has shifted her attention to the exploration and generation of audiophonic garments where the interrelations of sound and garment are prioritized together with the material – informational expressive sonic composition they provoke through gesture and the sensuality of wearing in performance. Her audiophonic designs for DAP-Lab's UKIYO [Moveable Worlds] were featured at KIBLA Media Arts Center in Slovenia and at London’s Sadler’s Wells in 2010; her new collection of werables for DAP-Lab premiered in for the time being (Watermans, London) in 2012, and selected garments and wearable constructs were exhibited at "Critical Costumes" and KIENTICA Art Fair in 2013. DAP-Lab’s expanded dance opera, for the time being [Victory over the Sun], premiered at London's Sadlers Wells in 2014; a new series of immersive dance installations, metakimospheres, began touring in Europe in 2015-16.


Haein Song

Haein Song is an artist born in Seoul, Korea. She majored in Korean traditional dance in Gukak National middle and high School and studied choreography at Korea National University of Arts (KNUA). Following her graduation from KNUA, she trained Kut, an original Korean traditional performing arts in Jeju Island with the Korean Performing Art Development Corp., MARO. After working as a Kut performer, director and producer for three years in MARO, she came to London to explore digital performances. She completed her MA in Contemporary Performance Making, Brunel University, and now continues her PhD, researching interactive digital practices in connection with Korean Kut at Brunel University. She has worked with the DAP-Lab on several occasions since 2012.

She is now passionate about creating the possibility of the ritual digital embodiment by broadening the horizons of our understanding of ritual as well as digital practices. Her research explores the impact of emerging technologies on the art, nature, human, and culture, especi ally through the connection with Korean shamanic ritual performance, Kut, which has exerted an enormous influence on Korean art and culture. Combining critical and conceptual approaches on Kut and digital technology, her work attempts to understand and emphasize the intrinsic qualities of human such as consciousness, sub-consciousness, mind, and spirituality. During her MA and PhD, she presented several pieces regarding the convergence between Kut and digital technology such as A video piece ‘Hair' (2013). a digital Interactive Performance ‘Human' (2014), a Physical installation performance titled ‘Twelve doors' (2014), and the digital-Kut embodiments of ‘Neo-Puri' (2015) and ‘Leodo' (2014-15).

Her direction of 'Leodo' received the First Prize in 2014-15 Openstage by Korean Cultural Service NY, selected amongst the five representative Korean Performances at Assembly Korean Season in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, and nominated the Best Performance in Dark Chat award in Edinburgh Fringe 2015. 'Neo puri:미 여지뱅뒤 ' received the excellent award in multidisciplinary content competition by CCCC.


Azzie McCutcheon

Azzie McCutcheon is a dance artist whose work ultimately seeks to question one's being in the world. Azzie has trained in a variety of performance-making, including both drama and dance, and has recently completed her masters in Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Her most recent research explores the creation of immersive experiential performance installations. Azzie currently holds a dance residency at Tanzfabrik Berlin, Germany.

Yoko Ishiguro

Yoko Ishiguro is a performance maker, performer and actress. She studied psycholinguistics in University of Tsukuba (Japan) and performance making at Brunel University (UK). Mostly, her works are site/time/situation-specific and have been performed at various places such as a rice field, toilets, an airport, her bedroom, on the Internet and in audience's ears. She tries to distort the distance in between audience and her by employing some theatrical techniques in combination with her physical existence and some daily technologies. She participated in the performance festivals and the events such as Jogjakarta Arts Festival (Indonesia, 2008), East End Collaboration (London, 2009), OPEN festival (Beijing, 2009) etc. as well as some residency programmes in Europe. Yoko Ishiguro also participated in some collaborative creations with some performance groups such as Reality Research Centre (Finland) and Station House Opera (UK), and since 2011, she is working with DAP Lab (UK).

Vanessa Michielon

Vanessa Michielon (Italy) holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage and a Bachelor and Master Degree in Media and Cinema Engineering (Polytechnic of Turin). Her research interests span from movement-based interaction and performative approaches in cultural settings to interactive performance and dance for the camera. After a Bachelor and Master Degree in Media and Cinema Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin, Vanessa Michielon received in 2009 a research grant financed by MIBAC concerning Multimedia Archives for Live Performances. Subsequently, she completed a PhD program in Cultural Heritage (Communication, Valorization and Territory) at Polytechnic of Turin. Following the Master Thesis “The performative museum”, her PhD dissertation, “Faire Mouvoir, Faire Savoir. Natural Interaction and Performative Approaches to Museum Exhibition Design”, explores issues such as natural and tangible interaction in exhibition design, new theoretical frameworks in museum studies, valorization of intangible heritage through movement-based interfaces and the idea of visitor-performer. At the same time, she trained in ballet, modern, contemporary and community dance and took part in interactive performances with international artists, such as the FraMESHift project (dir. Renata Sheppard). Since 2011, she is a guest dancer in the ensemble “The very secret dance society/Raffaele Irace” (Turin), and since 2013 with the collective VOLVON. She is a post-doc research fellow at University of Turin.,She is now a London-based dancer, and has been working as an academic and freelance with cultural organisations and artistic groups, and writing about digital arts, museums, and interactive performance. In 2015 she completed an MA in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she was member of Transitions Dance Company 2015 and toured with works by Bawren Tavaziva, Zoi Dimitriou and Miguel Pereira. She is also developing her research into computer-assisted dance and dance for the camera; she has been featured in a dance film that was premiered at Cindedans Festival in Amsterdam in 2014. With DAP- Lab, after joining for the last production for the time being [Victory over the Sun] in 2014, she now takes a lead role in performing in the kimospheres, and together with Michèle Danjoux created the OrigamiDress at the 2015 Metabody Forum in Madrid, where she first performed with the dress and with Jonathan Reus's conductive transmitter/receiver.

Angeliki Margeti

Aggeliki Margeti is a contemporary dancer based in Athens. She completed her studies at Athens State School of Dance in June 2010 under the guidance of Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek (Ultima Vez/Vim Wandekeybus’ dancers) in release technique and contact improvisation, and Athina Vahla and Iris Kohar Karayian in choreography. She also trained in other dance techniques (Graham, Cunningham). She also acted in the feature film J.A.C.E., directed by Menelaos Karamaghiolis, which had official participation in 24thTokyo International Film Festival, 52th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and screening at Berlin International Film Festival. Having a strong interest in contemporary dance, performance, video dance and digital performance technologies, she completed her MA in Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University, London. Her “Lung Pulmo Pneumo” solo premiered at Artaud Performance Center in June 2012; the film version of her dance is at


Helenna Ren

Helenna Ren is a multimedia artist/dancer who works in the field of digital performance, new media dance, video arts, arts installation and choreography. She has produced various solo projects, dance performances, and collaboration projects since 1999 in the UK; she exhibited her art works both nationally and internationally. She choreographed and performed Cultural Show for Tourism Malaysia (2002) Sandfield Theatre Nottingham England. She toured Still life at Penguin’s Café (2003) to Xanten, Germany. In 2004, Ren joined DAP (Design and Performance) Lab team, becoming an early member of dans sans joux, and performed Tedr (2005), telematic performance between England, Sydney and Phoenix, at Digital Cultures Festival (2005), and appeared in the film installation Klüver (2006). She performed in all subseqeuent major productions of the company, inlcuding Suna no Onna (2007-2008), Ukiyo {Moveable World [2009-2010], and for the time being [Victory over the Sun](2012-2014)> She was the featured performer of the "TatlinTowerHeaddress" presented by DAP on the 3D stage at the KINETICA Festival 2013. In 2008 she also directed and performed Blank Dream (2008) at Oxford House London, and during her research she directed her own digital dance productions.

Christopher Bishop

Christopher Bishop is a digital designer. He specialises in interface design, user experience design, responsive web design and video production for web. He is currently a PhD student at Monash University, Australia, researching movement-based interaction design in networked spaces. The PhD research investigates UX, including studying user behaviour, user flow, and prototyping. In 2005, he completed a Masters in Design Studies at Central St Martins University of the Arts, London. Christopher is a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in the UK. He became a guest artist and collaborator on DAP-Lab's projects in 2015 and has participated all three installments of metakimosphere in London and Madrid.

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Elisabeth Sutherland

Elisabeth is currently completing her MA Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University.

Hongye Deng

Hongye is currently completing her MA Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University.

Wakana Arai

Wakana is currently completing her MA Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University. She graduated from Soka University with a Bachelor in Law and studied Theatre Design and Technology at Avila University. She has directed and choreographed street dance performance in Japan., and is now exploring dance and technology.

Sahsa Pitale

Sasha is currently completing her MA Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University, and graduated with a degree in dance and technology from de Montfort University in Leicester, where she studied with Kerry Francksen.

Neal Spowage
Neal Spowage is a musician and artist living and working in Leicester, UK. He studied Fine Art and Multimedia Design before concentrating on Music Technology for his MA, and his PhD under Dr John Richards and Professor Simon Emmerson at De Montfort University. He designs, builds and composes with Sculptural Electronic Musical Instruments for Live Performance. He is an experienced rock musician who has released a commercial CD album, SUGAR (2009), on Resurrection Records with the Screaming Banshee Aircrew and performed in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. He has supported The Chameleons Vox, The Damned and The March Violets. He is a significant ongoing contributor to the Dirty Electronics Ensemble in Leicester, and has been involved with various Dirty Electronics events over the past eight years. Neal’s research interests include collaborative relationships, movement, interaction, sculpture, objects as totems, live performance, negotiating expertise between disciplines, perception, gender dynamics, the body and choreography. He has studied our relationship with physical objects and our immediate environment and uses this to inform all aspects of his work. He and has worked and played with musicians and artists including Anat Ben David (Chicks On Speed) Ania Sadkowska, Merzbow, Danai Pappa, Antonio De La Fe, The Agony Art Collective, Duncan Chapman, Anna Meredith, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Craig Vear (Wolfgang Press/Renegade Soundwave), Rolf Ghelar (Karlheinz Stochausen), Jim Spence (Johnny Marr/The Cribs/Black Grape) and Nic Bullen (Napalm Death). His works, and instruments have been performed at Polimoda and Asvoff Video Contest, Florence, For IFFTI (2015) (First Prize), Haptic Narratives in Greenwich (2015), Raktorhallen in Stockholm (2014), Fascinate Festival Falmouth (2013), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music in Belfast, UK (2012), Live Interfaces in Leeds, UK (2012), Phoenix Square Digital Arts, Leicester, UK (2012), Chisenhale Dance Space (2011/13/14), Sheffield Access Space (2010) and Brunel Electronic and Analogue Music Festival, BEAM (2011). He has had papers published at Sound and Music Computing Conference Copenhagen (2012), New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference Pittsburgh (2009) and some of his instruments appear in the Nic Collins book Handmade Electronic Music (2009) 2nd Edition. He has been a resident artist at STEIM, Amsterdam (2010) and given artist talks and seminars at STEIM (2011), UEA Norwich (2009) and Bournemouth University (2012).

Martina Reynolds

Martina is a Senior Lecturer and Social Scientist at Brunel. Her interests include inter/multidisciplinary research in performance, film, theatre, media and social science, practice led and qualitative research in arts and social sciences, and interactive/multi-media and community engagement. In addition to her academic background, training and practice include filmmaking, documentary and production. She is a Company Director and Producer of Theatre Lab Company, a main UK promoter of ancient and contemporary Greek theatre, art and culture, and whose recent work includes productions of ancient Greek tragedy and comedy at Riverside Studios and Salome at Festival D’Avignon OFF. She has also worked with Steve Dixon and Daemonia Nymphe. This is her second collaboration with DAP-Lab, her first being for Metakimosphere No. 1. She has enjoyed researching, co-creating, filming the metakimosphere projects. She was also co-producer for the 2016 International Metabody Forum London.

at Riverside Studios and Salome at Festival D’Avignon OFF. She has also worked with Steve Dixon and Daemonia Nymphe. This is her second collaboration with DAP-Lab, her first being for Metakimosphere No. 1. She has enjoyed researching, co-creating, filming the metakimosphere projects. She was also co-producer for the 2016 IMF.

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With special thanks to

Thomas Betteridge (Interim Dean of the College of Business, Arts and Social Science

Professor Betteridge worked for ten years as a professional stage and production manager before entering academia. During this time he worked at a number of theatres including the Royal Court and the Old Vic. Since becoming an academic Professor Betteridge has worked at UEA, Kingston University and Oxford Brookes University. He has been awarded a number of research grants including one from the Wellcome Trust to work with Goat and Monkey Theatre company to stage an immersive drama at Hampton Court Palace entitled A Little Neck (2009). Professor Betteridge has also been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to stage a number of early modern plays including the first modern production of Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of Three Estates at Linlithgow Palace (2013). He has published numerous articles and books including Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics and Religion in the work of Thomas More (2013).



Symposium Workshop Staff


Volunteer Team


Alzbeta Tuckova

Alzebeta is a third year Theatre student at Brunel University

Dovile Lazdinyte

Dovile is a second year Music Student at Brunel University

Martina Reynolds (Co-Producer; Sociology Department, Brunel University)

Andrew Smith (Artaud Performance Centre Operations Manager)

Graeme Shaw (Technical Director, Brunel University)
Graeme is an audio specialist and technical director at the Department of Arts & Humanities at Brunel University, who has created numerous works in interactive sound composition and collaborated with performance artists. Among his recent works, the interactive installation "Narcissus" was exhibited at Artaud Performance Center at Arts @ Artaud.

Phil Maguire (Technical Resources)


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