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A monthly virtual gathering where we bring together a diverse group of artists, technologists and scholars to explore the current, and sometimes unexpected, convergence of the technocultural world across disciplines.

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14 Oct 2021, 16:30 – 18:00 WAT


About the event

Meet our mainstage presenters  who will address a wide range of issues relating to their researches, practices or projects; of informality, embodied and artificial intelligence; the social sciences, connection sciences, ethics and emergent strategies; our mixtape moves us from dance to data, data to codes, codes to IP, IP to cryptocurrency; land based art practice, art distribution and value generation via blockchain; data equity, trust data and the Digital Universe; planetary sensorium, human-centric internet and computer vision; diverse ecosystem, deep learning, deep tech and how all these small world networks  fit within the human framework. For this second edition of the code[d] mixtape, we will examine the expending terrain of Dance and NFTs. with Sabela Grimes and Heidi Boisvert.

Sabela grimes is a trans-media storyteller whose creative practice draws directly from amix of socio-historical observation, self-examination and speculative exploration through layers of interconnected sonic, visual and kinesthetic arrangements. Previous work, ELECTROGYNOUS, declares that Black gender qualities are infinite, multidimensional and distinct manifestations of wombniversal consciousness. His current project, Dark Matter Messages, dreams Octavia E. Butler’s body of work into modular multi-disciplinary performance/installation mixed reality experience(s) that include “minting” digital art using blockchain technology. Each experience realizes quantum Blackness as a means to play within the nowness of recurring futures.  On faculty at USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, he continues to cultivate, Funkamental MediKinetics, a movement system that draws on the layered dance training, community building, and spiritual practices evident in Black vernacular and Hip Hop/Street dance forms.

Heidi Boisvert is an interdisciplinary artist, experience designer, creative technologist, and researcher who interrogates the neurobiological and socio-cultural effects of media and technology. Simply put, she studies the role of the body, the senses, and emotion in human perception and social change. Boisvert is currently mapping the world's first media genome, while taking great care with its ethical implications. She also architects expanded reality and transmedia storytelling experiences, and devises networked dance and theatre using biocreative technology. She founded futurePerfect lab, a creative agency and think-tank that harnesses the power of pop culture, emerging technology, and neuroscience to ignite culture change with social justice organizations. She created the first 3D social change game, ICED, to shift the frame around immigration and America 2049, an alternative reality game on Facebook about pluralism. She also co-founded XTH, a startup creating novel modes of bodily expression through open-source biotechnology. Boisvert has been a TED speaker, Rockefeller Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow, and a cultural ambassador in Turkey. Presently, she is working with David Byrne on Theater of the Mind, an immersive theater piece and co-curating EdgeCut, a live performance series exploring human-digital relationships. Boisvert is Assistant Professor of AI and the Arts at the University of Florida, a Senior Research Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, a research affiliate in the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, and a member of NEW INC’s Creative Science track.


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