Exhibition Launch – Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body

Exhibition Launch and Keynote talk for our virtual Festival exhibition for 2020. Talk from Joel Gethin Lewis from Universal Everything.

Joel Gethin Lewis, interactive creative director of the interdisciplinary design studio Universal Everything, will present his thoughts on how modernity birthed new thinking around Cities, Technology and the Body and how UE’s collaborative studio practice brings them into the 21st century.

Joel studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial and completed an MA in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art, developing a passion for work that allows for real-time interaction between people, places, stories and objects.

For over 15 years, Joel’s award winning vision and work has enabled cultural organisations, brands and charities to surprise, engage and connect with their audiences in ever more innovative ways.

As interaction designer at UnitedVisualArtists, Joel toured with the likes of U2 and Massive Attack and collaborated in the creation of large scale public installations including ‘Volume’, which saw pioneering multi-user LED interactions in the garden of London’s V&A museum.

In 2008 Joel co-founded the open source craft, design and technology studio Hellicar & Lewis as well as interactive collective YesYesNo, where he pioneered architectural scale LED interaction, real time projection mapping and social network activated sculpture.

Joel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and teaches at the Creative Computing Institute in London.

Running Order:

4pm Introduction from Prof Chris Speed

4.05pm Talk from Joel Gethin Lewis

4.45pm Q&A session


More about the exhibition:

Every-Body introduces the work of the pioneering design studio, Universal Everything and presents a digital triptych consisting of three of their most provocative works. From Walking City that has become a graphic icon for the human as city, through Smart Matter that represented technology hype as a dance partner, to the more recent work Future You, that invited the viewer to become part of the machine, opening up a future of possibilities.

Universal Everything’s work has sustained a dialogue between three themes that bridge the 20th and 21st centuries: city, body and technology. The Every-Body show takes the opportunity to untangle these themes through curation and discussion with eminent scholars from the fields of dance, architecture and data-ethics. Alongside Universal Everything’s work will be provocations from Ola Uduku (Professor of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture); Kate Sicchio (choreographer, media artist and performer) and Lillian Edwards (Professor of Law, Innovation & Society at Newcastle University).

We will also have talks over the next 3 weeks from the academics, look out for tickets being released soon but dates for your diary:

13 August 4pm- Professor Ola Uduku

20 August 4pm- Assistant Professor Kate Sicchio

27 August 4pm- Professor Lillian Edwards

Inspace is part of the Institute for Design Informatics and acts as a collaborative hub; commissioning and producing creative activity that unlocks digital technology and explores its role in society. Our public programme will connect data, research and creative talent.

Image Credit: Still from Universal Everything, Walking City.