Date of release: Thursday, June 30, 2016

An exploration of the body from micro bacteria to digital incarnations is the theme of a new exhibition at the University of Greenwich.

Taking over the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in the university's Stockwell Street building next week, The Games Europe Plays - BODY<>TECH, presents the works of interactive artists and game makers from the UK and Europe.

These include Marco Donnarumma (Italy), who uses his heartbeat, bloodstream and muscle contractions to create digital music and media. Also on show is human bacteria turned into a virtual reality experience. Molding the Signifier by Ivor Diosi (Czech Republic) features three chatty avatars that get infected by a mysterious bacteria, which slowly disrupts their conversation and behaviour.

The exhibition is the second in a series of three shows by EUNIC London and curated by body technologist and digital expert, Ghislaine Boddington, a Reader in Creative Professions and Digital Arts at the university.

Ghislaine says: "This show engages in a debate in Europe around gaming and interactive works that represent our bodies and minds. Showing projects both with social purpose and artistic intents, the works on show display a way of being in a new world – where the inside moves outside, the digital helps the physical, and virtual and physical intimacies merge."

The Games Europe Plays is a EUNIC London project, produced by the Finnish Institute and body>data>space. Initiated by the Czech Centre, the project is supported by the British Council and Arts Council England. It is presented at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery and supported by the University of Greenwich (Department of Creative Professions & Digital Art), in association with Nesta's FutureFest and London Games Festival. With additional support from the Czech Centre, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of the Netherlands.

The free show opens on Thursday 7 July at 6.30pm and runs until Friday 26 August (Tuesdays to Fridays: 11am-5pm and Saturdays: 11am-4pm). The first day features talks by curator Ghislaine Boddington as well as Digital Arts Lead Ian Thompson, associated artists and experts. For more information and to book a place at the TGEP colloquium on Thursday 7 July, please see: https://tgep.eventbrite.co.uk/

Story by Public Relations