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Join Freyja Hartzell as she explores dolls and human likeness with special guest Heidi Boisvert (University of Florida).



Embodied Intelligence and Performing Dolls
A lecture by Heidi Boisvert (University of Florida), followed by a conversation with Freyja Hartzell (BGC)
December 7, 6–7:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

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Long Table Conversation: Emerging Technologies & Human Likeness
Join this free-flowing conversation as we explore the ways that human likeness is complicated by artificial intelligence, motion capture, the metaverse, and more. No expertise required, only curiosity. There will be snacks.
December 8, 12:15–1:15 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hal

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Workshop: Designing and Moving Through 3D Environments
Quickly create virtual environments, and then inhabit them using a motion capture suit! Space is extremely limited for this interactive workshop, registration required.
December 9, 9:30 am–12 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

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In Residence

Heidi Boisvert (PhD) is an interdisciplinary artist, experience designer, creative technologist, and academic researcher who interrogates the neurobiological and socio-cultural effects of media and technology. Simply put, she studies the role of the body, the senses, and emotion in human perception and social change. Boisvert is currently mapping the world’s first media genome, while taking great care with its far reaching ethical implications. She founded futurePerfect lab, a creative agency and think tank that works with social justice organizations to design playful emerging media campaigns to transform the public imagination. She also cofounded XTH, a company creating novel modes of expression through biotechnology and the human body. Boisvert is an assistant professor of AI & the arts at the University of Florida. She is also a senior research fellow at the Norman Lear Center, a research affiliate in the Open Documentary Lab at MIT and a member of NEW INC’s Creative Science track.