Tate Modern Workshop

Uni to Unicorns With Digital Maker Collective and UAL

COMMON Theatre, The Diversity School Initiative and Happy Finish exploring spatial computing at the DMC Beta Society event 2019

Image © Chris Follows

Unpack the creative power of the tech industries and explore where the art world meets the tech world

The UK is third in the world for producing successful tech companies and unicorns, which are privately-owned tech companies valued at over $1bn. UAL are at the centre of this tech revolution, yet the gap between tech business/giants and everyday society is continually widening.

  • How do we reconcile this gap and bring the tech world into arts, but equally important, how do we bring arts creatives into the world of tech?

Join the University of the Arts (UAL), Digital Maker Collective and guests from the creative and tech industries. Help us transform Tate Exchange into an open and accessible ‘Test Bed' for creative tech. A place for all to explore, question and learn about the world of tech business and future technologies.

Come chat and get hands on in the Immersive CoLab Space: Explore spatial computing, virtual, augmented & extended reality. Help us explore the future of new immersive arts from location-based experiences to holographic entertainment.

Co-Creation Studio: Visitors are invited to join activities and an open debate explore the power of creative tech, open to anyone, any age and any level of knowledge or experience. Better understand the wide world of tech, from the power of machine learning, facial recognition or the smart city to deepfakes. See the very latest example of immersive technologies from the National Theatre, in the Immersive Performance Studio.

For the full week-long programme or how to keep connected with the Uni to Unicorns event participants after the event please visit the event website and follow #uni2unicorns.

The Uni to Unicorns event is delivered in collaboration with Digital Maker Collective and the leading tech, creative, educational and community organisations listed below:

Immersive Performance Studio

  • The National Theatre: All Kinds of Limbo
    • The ceremony of live performance and the craft of theatrical staging converge with immersive technologies and the musical direction of composer Raffy Bushman to bring a communal audience into a new kind of theatrical space. The National Theatre's All Kinds of Limbo is an engagement of a musical performance starring Nubiya Brandon, who sings a musical narration of her life in limbo that spans the genres of reggae, grime, classical, and calypso.
  • Dimension Studio
    • Specialise in creating volumetric humans and avatas. Nubiya’s performance was volumetrically captured by Dimension studios, who have been collaborating with Wimbledon College of Arts. This production showcases the very latest example of performance and immersive technologies.

Immersive CoLab Space

  • arts XR: Creative studio for immersive solutions.
  • ACE IT: London South Bank University & London College of Communication, UAL innovation support project for start-ups and immersive tech entrepreneurs.
  • Happy Finish: With 15 years of experience applying creative craft to deliver ground-breaking content, Happy Finish is an award-winning production company.
  • Immerse UK: The UK’s network for immersive technology businesses and academia. Working together to position the UK as a global leader.
  • Matterlurgy: Artist duo focusing on air pollution in London and VR & AR technologies.
  • PlayLa.bZ: GenieMo DIY Multi-dimensional & Motion Arts Tinkering.
  • Wimbledon College of Arts: performance, acting, costume, theatre, film and television.
  • XRLO: An immersive meetup run by REWIND, a studio that uses new technologies to deliver VR/AR/MR solutions for the world’s largest companies and brands.
  • XR Diversity Initiative: dedicated to making the XR community more inclusive.

Co-Creation Studio

  • Black Thrive: Working to reduce mental health inequalities in Lambeth.
  • Child Rights International Network (CRIN): Creative think tank producing new and dynamic perspectives on human rights issues, with a focus on children’s rights.
  • Design With Company: territory between the architectural and the literary, real and unreal, mundane and fantastic.
  • Green Lab: an open innovation lab and ecosystem for individuals and organisations to design sustainable for food system, new materials and energy.
  • Open Data Institute: Working with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.
  • Tech Nation: The UK network for ambitious entrepreneurs.
  • UAL Creative Computing Institute: Working at the intersection of creativity and computational technologies.
  • Voice Magazine: An online magazine for young people interested in art and culture.
  • Young Coders Meetup: Young Coders’ community network collaborating and exploring Diversity, Tech and the Future of Work, together.

About Digital Maker Collective

The Digital Maker Collective (DMC) is a volunteer led, informal Research & Development (R&D) group, made up of University of the Arts London UAL staff, students, alumni who share common goals in exploring digital & emerging technologies in the context of arts practice, education, society and the creative industries.

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3–8 March 2020