Figuring: Exploring bodies, materiality and touch in multi-person virtual reality
The Figuring Project brings together artistic, scientific, and technological expertise and practices. The project takes a dance and somatic approach to investigate what happens to moving, sensing bodies embedded in simulated virtual worlds. Dance artist and researcher Lisa May Thomas is the project artistic lead, alongside molecular physicist and Computer Scientist Dr. David Glowacki, who is the scientific and technological lead. Glowacki's collaborations with Interactive Scientific (a Bristol-based tech company which he and Phil Tew co-founded in 2013) as well as researchers at the University of Bristol, have produced a state-of-the-art cloud-mounted VR framework which enables multiple people to share, explore and interact in a virtual environment. This framework is distinct from the vast majority of VR experiences, which are solitary and sedentary.
The project brings together an experienced team of dancers, designers, digital technicians, and computational scientists, enabling an exchange of skills and knowledge between scientific and artistic practices.