Ghislaine is an award-winning speaker, curator and director, specialising in the future human, body responsive technologies and immersive experiences. She is Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space. With a background in dance and performing arts and a long-term focus on the blending of our virtual and physical bodies, she engages in highly topical and future digital issues for our living bodies, including personal data usage, and sees a future in which we connect ourselves into a networked “multi-self,” an “Internet of Bodies” enabled by hyper-enhancement of the senses and tele-intuition.
Ghislaine co-presents bi-weekly as a Studio Expert for BBC World Service Digital Planet (formerly Click) and is also a Reader in Digital Immersion at the University of Greenwich. Her research explores “The Internet of Bodies”, the evolution of our future multi-selves through gesture and sense interfaces, augmented realities, immersive experiences and embedded digital body connectivity, pointing to the rapid blending of the virtual and the physical body.
As an advocate for diversity and equality in tech she is a co-founder of Women Shift Digital, a Trustee for the Stemettes and in 2018 was invited to be the Spokesperson for the Deutsche Bank “Women Entrepreneurs in Social Tech” Accelerator.
She sits on the editorial board of the Springer journal AI and Society, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a member of the Internet of Things Council and digital arts network RAN (France), and is a TLA Tech London Advocates.
In 2017, Ghislaine was awarded the IX Immersion Experience Visionary Pioneer Award by Society for Arts and Technology. The award is in recognition of her role as a global thought leader, and major driving force in immersive experiences and body responsive technology. In 2019 she was named as one of the top Women In Tech in the Computer Weekly Long List and was an Inventor of the Year Finalist in the Tech Inclusive Alliance Awards 2019.
“Ms Boddington is a pioneer in immersive technology, which emulates the physical environment through a digital or simulated world. …… [Her] vision of the future is one where people talk interchangeably about their digital and physical selves, a world in which microchips embedded under your skin enable you to have a physical relationship with another person remotely.” Serena Tarling (Financial Times)
“As Ghislaine Boddington, creative director of body>data>space, noted in her talk on virtual reality and the “Internet of Bodies”, the hope for the future is in recognising and augmenting physical bodies in games and play.“ Jordan Erica Webber and Kat Brewster (The Guardian)
“Ghislaine Boddington, curator of the “future of love” section of the FutureFest, said [that] the aim is to look at things that aren’t around the corner but up to 30 years away and broaden horizons.” Cahal Milmo (Chief Reporter for The Independent)
“While everyone was marveling that we could land on the moon, Ghislaine was marveling that we could speak to someone ON the moon. Thus began her interest in Telepresence. A performance artist she has explored the possibilities of virtual enhancement of our senses and ways to bring together body data like touch, movement, gesture, emotion and empathy through convergences of robotics, wearables, telepresence, hepatic and virtual reality since the mid-nineties. Through these projects, she has created moving and transformational links between thousands of people across the world.” Western Bonime (Forbes)
“Boddington paints a fascinating picture of a world and believes that our quest to augment our existence and indulge in new experiences will lead us to turn our bodies into “digital interaction canvas.” Alice Bonasio (Eitor in Chief of Tech Trends)