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  • Date and time: Thursday 27 April 2023, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Location: TFTV/116 Holbeck Cinema, School of Arts and Creative Technologies East, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Soulpaint exists at the nexus of immersive technology, neuroaesthetics and healthcare to explore the richness of the embodied human experience. 

Inspired by arts and health research method, body-mapping, an experience that enables people to visually translate the experience of emotions and pain onto the body, Soulpaint takes you on an embodied journey to explore and creatively express felt-sense. Through the process of 3D drawing and movement, players are invited to reveal their unique inner realities, and observe the creations of others. 

Using interactive technology in a genre-pushing way, this experience encourages new forms of embodied insight, allowing us to reflect on the diversity of human experience on an individual and global level. 

The talk will provide an overview of the role of body mapping, and how it has been iteratively adapted into a virtual reality environment, and how it is being brought to the public across a range of contexts, including an immersive public art experience, as well and healthcare and research environments to improve patients lives and our understanding of lived experience.


About the speakers

Sarah Ticho

Sarah has spent her career working across the interdisciplinary arts, academia, healthcare and technology as a producer, curator, and researcher. She worked with various leading organisations including The School of Life, Lighthouse, TEDxSydney, The Big Anxiety Festival and Stanford University, before founding Hatsumi in 2018. She continues to work as a producer on Deep, a meditative VR experience controlled by breathing. Sarah sits on the XR Safety Initative’s Medical XR Council and offers consultancy support to those committed to supporting the ethical adoption of immersive healthcare. 

Anna Firbank

Anna Firbank is an immersive creative producer based in London. With an academic background in Neuroscience and Science Communication, Anna produces immersive experiences across art, creative technology and science.

She has previously worked in a range of creative and technical producer roles with Wellcome Collection, StoryFutures Academy, Marshmallow Laser Feast and artists Baum and Leahy. She is currently Creative producer at Hatsumi, and Immersive producer with Visualise, a London-based XR agency.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible


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