Seventh episode of TECHnique podcast on Future of Love
Create Hub release first episode of the new series of the TECHnique podcast.
Having released an initial series of podcasts in 2016, Samuel Fry and Richard F Adams have now released their first in a set of monthly episodes of the TECHnique podcast. This follows a preview podcast, called “New Episodes Coming Soon” which was released last week.
TECHnique is a podcast which includes conversations with artists about their work, how they have approached it using technology and what they learnt during that process.
Samuel Fry introduces the episode, by explaining that this was actually recorded in September 2016 at an event called Futurefest. Organised by the innovation chartity Nesta, FutureFest is a weekend festival of ideas, talks and experiences to inspire people to change the future. Fry speaks to Ghislaine Boddington during the episode, who was organising a series of Futurefest talks, debates and experiences based around the theme of the “Future of Love” at that time.
Ghislaine Boddington on Dance, Art, Technology and Love
Ghislaine Boddington has a background in dance and in working with digital video. Between 1989 and 2004, she worked as part of the pioneer digital performance collective Shinkansen, working with dancers and telepresence to connect stages across Europe and North America. After that Ghislaine co-Founded body>data>space, where she works with mixed teams to create intercultural and inter-disciplinary exchange projects across Europe, Asia and the US.
In the podcast, Boddington and Fry talk about topics such as using technology to create a sense of belonging and comfort, creating communities and working with avatars in virtual worlds.
“Love is such a universal thing. There are so many different types of love and different aspects to it.” Ghislaine Boddington explains that, at Futurefest we have chosen to focus on “the synthetic emotions discussion, about the love of non-human-humans”, “hyper-enhanced sensualities” and “shifting identities, the allowance that digital communities and digital connectivities give as they enable people to belong in communities all over the world and to find others like them.”
Throughout the episode, the pair discuss Ghislaine’s own artistic background, the topic of Future Love and some of the curatorial decisions that she made while choosing speakers and topics for Futurefest.
Boddington explains that virtual ethics is the big topic to begin thinking about, where “we need everyone to be part of the discussion”. She continues, “we must all have a say before companies just go ahead and make things without thinking about what the community of users are really going to think about it, how are they going to use it, what is the user experience and what are the ethics behind it.”
Future of Love Podcast
The episode is called “Episode 7 – Future of Love” and it is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and most podcasting apps. The podcast is the first episode in a new series, where new episodes are expected to be released on a monthly basis.