FutureFest - Nesta 2015

Boddington, Ghislaine (2015) FutureFest - Nesta 2015. [Show/Exhibition]

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Developed by Nesta, Ghislaine Boddington worked alongside Pat Kane as Associate Curator on this second edition of FutureFest, a festival that gathers some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come. Speakers in 2015 included Edward Snowden, Dame Vivienne Westwood, George Clinton, Jon Ronson and many more.

Ghislaine Boddingto co-curated the Debate Room programme and led on the Future Machines theme. Ghislaine introduced this new edition of FutureFest on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at 19.30 on BBC Click Radio, BBC World Service.

As part of this weekend, Ghislaine enabled the curation of approx 40 future-thinking female innovators and experts from all backgrounds, including entrepreneurs, lawyers, artists, academics and politicians, to speak in the debate panels and present their views and opinions on the future.

Ghislaine Boddington also curated and chaired two main debate panels:

– Toast In The Machine? The Fate Of Human Skill and Sensibility Under Radical Automation / Saturday 14th March 2015 – 12:30 to 13:15

– The Gender Setting: Flexible Technology, Narrow Sexuality / Sunday 15th March 2015 – 16:15 to 17:00

and installed into exhibition 3 of her Robots and Avatars projects: The Blind Robot, My Robot Companion and Robot World

Will you allow a robot touch and feel your face?

The Blind Robot is an interactive robotics artwork developed by Louis Philippe Demers. In this installation, visitors are invited to sit down in front of and engage into a non-verbal dialogue with the Blind Robot. The robot delicately explores the face, of the visitor in a manner that recalls the beauty of the touch of blind people familiarising themselves with a person or an object. This is the first showing of Blind Robot in the UK. The Blind Robot is a 2011-12 development commission for the Robots and Avatars project (body>data>space, KIBLA, AltArt). Commissioned by body>data>space and the National Theatre, it premiered at KIBLA, Slovenia in October 2012.

Would you prefer a robot if it looked like one of the family?

‘My Robot Companion: Familiar’ is a project exploring social-robotics by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May. This robot is able to take on the appearance of any face it sees or even combines features from a group of faces in order to promote bonding with it. A previous version of this project was exhibited in September 2012 as part of the Robot and Avatars Exhibition at 12 Star Gallery in London

Are you ready to explore the uncanny valley?

Robot World is a non-verbal documentary by Martin Hans Schmitt which depicts the evolution of robots from a mechanical somnambulist to an autonomous sensorium. A hypnotic journey exploring robots as our alternate doubles, Robot World was exhibited as part of Robots and Avatars Exhibition at FACT, Liverpool and at KIBLA, Slovenia.

Venue Details

  1. FutureFest 15
    • Location: Vinopolis, London Bridge, London
    • Dates: 14-15 Mar 2015

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts (ResCen)
Item ID: 25005
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Depositing User: Ghislaine Boddington
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 11:16
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25005

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