Come and participate in a unique virtual experience.

Lisa May Thomas is an award-winning choreographer and film-maker whose master’s degree is partially funded through an award from interactive Scientific as their first ever “hybrid arts scholar.” As part of her MPhil research at the University of Bristol’s school of theatre and performance studies, Lisa will be hosting a 3-day research residency at Bristol’s Arnolfini aimed at exploring the different types of human interaction that arise within spaces which are virtually connected.

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The way that we perceive and interact with each other as physical bodies is influenced by a complex set of rules and conventions that operate across a wide range of social circumstances and within broader political-cultural-environmental frameworks. The focus of this research residency moves our attention from the physical body to the virtual body and to explore and question these rules and conventions – of meeting, communicating, sharing, responding, touching …– between virtual bodies.

Do the physical codes of human interaction translate to the virtual space; what are the similarities and differences? Are there new experiences and sensations that virtual meetings can generate?

This technology being used in this research is known as Danceroom Spectroscopy (DS), created by Dr David Glowacki, a chemical physicist at the University of Bristol.

Lisa will create a space where public participants can come and interact with their own and others’ avatars as energy fields in a particle-filed virtual landscape. The experience is part movement/dance video game, part science visualization, part art installation, and part social experiment
This research builds on previous projects Lisa has undertaken; The Touch Diaries intergenerational and participatory project which looked at physical touch and human connection and danceroom Spectroscopy performance project Hidden Fields.

From 10thto 13th May public participants will have the chance to experience this technology first-hand.

On Wednesday 10th and Friday 13th May, the space will be set-up for this interactive experience to be available for only 1 or 2 participants at one time and will last for up to 10 minutes in duration.

Booking is via email to or you can sign up on the day, there will be sign-up sheets available outside the door.

Also, participants may be asked to do a short recorded interview after their experience as part of the research.

On Thursday 11th May, the technology will be set-up between 12-1pm for people to come in and play with the system in larger groups and to have a chat with Lisa about her research.

Dates: Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May 2016

Location: Dark Studio, Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol.
NB. This event is free and all ages are welcome.