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Wednesday 1 March

The Lates: Making the Virtual Real

With Prof. Jo Stockham, Fiddian Warman and Carl Smith

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Ravensbourne is pleased to welcome Jo Stockham, Professor of Printmaking at the RCA, Fiddian Warman, MD of SoDA, and our very own Carl Smith to talk about making interactive installations, smart furniture, scanning as an art medium and the challenges of integrating VR into the ‘real world.

Jo Stockham has been Professor and Head of the Printmaking programme since 2008. She began working at the Royal College of Art in 1993 as a Visiting Lecturer in Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking. Jo has exhibited internationally, often making work from commissions or through residencies that explore the history of a site. Her current writing, publications and prints focus on the implications of virtual technologies. A speculative attitude to making as a form of thinking informs both her work and her teaching.

Fiddian Warman is Managing Director of SoDA, a company that produces Smart furniture, interactive installations, apps and software mainly for the cultural and learning sectors. Formerly a sculptor and furniture maker, is passionate about the relevance of a hybrid approach to creativity and technology in cultural, educational and social contexts. He co-founded SoDA in the early 90’s to create an umbrella for hybrid creative digital practices. Years later the digital and physical still inform their practice, interactive installations, objects and online experiences for a broad range of international clients include: Tate, Science Museum, Pearson Education and Boeing. 

Carl Smith is director of the Learning Technology Research Centre (LTRC) and senior lecturer at Ravensbourne in London. His background is in computer science and architecture. He specialises in using hybrid reality methodologies and visualization techniques to engineer contexts for the generation and transformation of perception, behaviour and learning. His research interests include spatial methodologies, embodied cognition, field of view technologies, intermediality and human centric hybrid literacy. He has worked on multiple large scale European FP7 and Leonardo Life Long Learning projects.

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