Friday, May 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 12:55pm


Curated and Moderated by Miya Masaoka • Sponsored by the Collaboratory Fellows Fund



Talk #2: Toni Dove: "Embodied Machines and Smart Databases: Swimming in Time" Friday, May 28, 12–1 pm ET

I make human operated instruments that tell stories. I'll be discussing a series of projects that explore how the body’s navigational apparatus can be used to interface with a database. Movement creates data that triggers a series of instructions that make a list or a pile of information or video or sound into a story. Designing intelligent navigation.

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Toni Dove Considered an innovator in the field of interactive and immersive narrative, New York-based artist Toni Dove creates hybrid performance, installation and screen-based art that fuses film, game or instrument-based interaction with experimental theater. In her work, performers and participants interact with an unfolding narrative, using technologies such as motion sensing or machine learning to connect with on-screen characters.

Lucid Possession, a live mix music cinema performance, a co-production with Issue Project Room, Roulette and HERE, premiered in NYC in 2013 after a preview show at Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. An interactive cinema and robotics installation ‘The Dress That Eats Souls’, premiered in a survey of 20 years of Dove’s interactive work “Embodied Machines” at The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, 2018.

She has received numerous grants and awards including the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from M.I.T. And a lifetime achievement award from I.D.M.A.a. Dove was appointed to the 2000/2003 Government Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Creativity, National Research Council, USA. She is currently Artist in Residence at Bell Labs E.A.T. Program, Pioneerworks Immersive Lab, and Integrated Digital Media, Tandon, NYU.


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upcoming talks:
Talk #3: Mendi + Keith Obadike: "Data Songs: Listening to Numbers, Listening to Light"

Friday, June 4, 12–1 pm ET


Talk #4: Wafaa Bilal: "Performing Change

Friday, June 11, 12–1 pm ET



Jointly founded by the Data Science Institute and Columbia Entrepreneurship, The Collaboratory@Columbia is a university-wide program that seeks to provide the resources and tools required to ensure that all Columbia University students receive the education and training that they need to lead in today’s data-rich world.