Tate Modern Workshop

Virtually Real Environments With Digital Maker Collective, University of the Arts London

Mozfest 2016. Photo: Paul Clarke. Creative Commons Credit CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Explore the boundaries of physical and virtual space, new worlds and spatial narratives

Technology is rapidly transforming the way we live, learn, work and interact, but what is ‘real’ anymore?

The Digital Maker Collective final pop up session invites you to join them in collaboration with guest digital makers in exploring the boundaries of physical and virtual space, new worlds, changing environments and spatial narratives through creativity, experiments, interventions, and conversation. Explore related connections across digital projects, concepts and technologies through informal student-led critiques, debate and reflection. Create new work and ideas to take forward together. 

At the centre of the event will be a large participatory Digital Maker Base Camp, a space to develop agile and experimental projects led by members of the Collective. The camp will evolve and respond to themes, public interactions and our invited guest maker activities, interventions, debates and performances.

Featured guest interactions and debates include:

  • Virtual Reality Symposium, Virtual Space: mapping new virtual and augmented heterotopias. What is the emerging nature of Virtual Space? How are these new virtual worlds generated and constructed and what are the potentialities for creative art and design practices? Are we here, there, somewhere in between or somewhere else? What are the strategies and methods for the creation of these new spatial narratives?
  • Imagining Technology: Collaborative making towards interactive installation. In 1964 artist Roy Ascott said: ‘The machine, largely self-regulating and highly adaptive, stands between man and his world’. BA Fine Art Painting students from Wimbledon College of Arts will be creating new machines through which to re-collect, distribute and examine works from Tate’s collection, using the educational projects of Roy Ascott as a model. Roy Ascott talked of concepts formed and developed via visual means – reinventing syntax to navigate the inadequacies of verbal and numerate systems.
  • Re-Animating Materiality Through Sound: The interplay of materiality and sound  offers an opportunity to re-think how the creation and meaning of sound can be produced and experienced – through space, bodies, material forms and technology. This panel session will enliven the topic of Re-animating Materiality Through Sound with a series of lightning talks, presentations, and table top demonstrations.
  • Space Intimacy: This London College of Communication (LCC) collaboration challenges the public to abandon their own personal borders by being fully immersed in somebody else’s mind. Working with the Collective this intervention aims to create an installation that engages with the public audience to capture their personas.

This event is programmed by the Digital Maker Collective, a Tate Exchange Associate.

Click here for the full programme details.

About the Digital Maker Collective

The Digital Maker Collective are a group of artists, designers, staff and students from the University of the Arts London (UAL) who explore emerging digital technologies in arts, education, society and the creative industries.

They are supported by Digital Learning, Teaching & Enhancement at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, UAL.

Tate Modern

Tate Exchange

Blavatnik Building, Level 5

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

22 March 2017 at 12.00–18.00

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