BeAnother Lab Lecture, Demo w/Advanced New Media Students

New Media

UNT New Media and the College of Visual Art and Design welcome the BeAnother Lab to Denton!

BeAnother Lab is an interdisciplinary multinational group dedicated to understanding, communicating and expanding subjective experience; focusing their work in understanding the relationship between identity and empathy from an embodied perspective. Since 2012 the group uses virtual reality and techniques derived from neuroscientific research in developing innovative applications in art, scientific research, social projects, healthcare and education, putting a strong emphasis in the impact of their work in people’s lives. Their work is based on an inclusive distributed model of action-research and collaborative design methods.

Their main work, The Machine to Be Another (TMBA) is an Embodiment Virtual System that allows individuals to experience the world from the embodied perspective of another. By combining Virtual Reality, cognitive sciences and performance, TMBA is a system that offers users the possibility to see themselves in a different body while moving and interacting with the space with realistic tactile feedback. TMBA works as an open platform to co-design immersive experiences in which one can step into the shoes of another. It’s built by an open community of creators, scientists, performers and participants gathered by a common dream of building an empathetic society.

BeAnotherLab’s work has been presented in over 25 countries, having held collaborations with institutions such as MIT, the Max Planck Institute, and Université Paris Descartes between multiple others. They have been awarded by Ars Electronica (2014), Laval Virtual (2014), FastCo Design (2014), the European Network of Innovations in Culture and Creativity (2015), the European Social Innovation Competition (2016), between multiple others.

BeAnotherLab will present a lecture of their work together with a demo of their systems. Advanced New Media students will also present research following a 3 day hackathon.

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