Exploring Senses ‘Guerilla Toy Hacks’: Networked Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender: Watermans Arts Centre

Exploring Senses artist have been invited to participate at the ‘Networked Bodies’ Digital Performance weekender at the Watermans Arts Centre in West London. 

We will be providing a free Toy hacking workshop on the Sunday between 1-5pm.

Also on display in the Riverside gallery to the public for the first time will be our first collection of 5 x Mutant Toy Hacks embodied with 3D scanned and 3D printed human body parts made by Exploring Senses artists David Allistone and Hannah Coxeter. We are thrilled to be part of this event curated by Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) and Irini Papadimitriou (V&A). 

Exploring Senses artists are interested in exploring the networked connections between makers, technology, ownership and reproduction. Below is the text written to contextualise our inclusion within the Networked Bodies theme;

Guerilla Toy Hacking – Exploring Senses CIC

The debate over ownership is becoming obsolete in a world where it’s possible to 3D scan, download and 3D print, traversing the data network, flip flopping between analog and digital, creating new manifestations of identity. Toy Hacking is a playful vessel for communicating such ideas, and provoking thoughts of a Surrealist gender blending nature, where everyone is replaceable.
Exploring Senses artists collaborate with citizens, stimulating creativity and independence within young people and communities. We enjoy sharing skills and knowledge, and provide educational experiences that combine arts, crafts, design, technology, sustainability, science, and engineering.

Hannah and David’s ongoing ‘CommuniToy’ Toy Hacking new pop Surrealist art project involves the reuse of toys destined for landfill to make new hybrid creations. The makers identity is often transferred into the made artefact.
The digital revolution is helping provide new opportunities for people to communicate and transfer personal data through existing networks. Digital technologies such as 3D scanning and 3D printing are often used to replicate and transfer a persons identity. These process raise question about ownership and identity, and authenticity. Are people still unique, or are we now all replaceable?

Networked Bodies – Digital Performance Weekender

A weekend of performances, presentations and interactive workshops. Find an event to suit your interest, whether that’s digital performance practise, family events or interactive workshops and performances. 

Networks are at the heart of how we live today. Networks generate transnational zones of action, bring together communities, circulate knowledge and information, expand spheres of influence, contaminate ideas, germinate exchanges, foster innovation, and facilitate distribution of power. However, networks are unfairly distributed and closely monitored. Geopolitical injustices and dominant political and economic forces mean that networks can foster segregation, facilitate hyper-centralized forms of citizen surveillance and control, fragment living space and experience. These developments of the network society generate social tensions, which invest the task of understanding networks in their many manifestations –including cultural ones– with social and political urgency.
In Networked Bodies at Watermans we want to explore networked performance practices with a view to considering how they transform live (embodied, disembodied and trans-bodied) performance practices. We are keen to consider the many, increasingly well documented, exciting possibilities these present to live performance, as well as their potential downsides. Speaking for the devil (so to speak), we ask: do these practices raise any ethical concerns through the use of surveillance and control, fragmentation of space and experience, alienation or even exploitation of their participants? Networked Bodies will aim to look beyond shiny appearances and into the –occasionally dirty– folds of the networks (and the bodies).
For further information check out these links to the free full colour brochure and more information about the schedule of event and activities on offer;


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