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ONLINE Artists Talk: Keiken

Wednesday, 27 January 2021
6 – 7.30 pm

Keiken join STEAMhouse and VR Birmingham host, Taran Singh, to explore World Building in Virtual Reality.

Keiken, is a collaborative practice, co-founded by artists Tanya Cruz, Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos in 2015, they frequently work with multiple collaborators. Based between London and Berlin, they come from mixed diasporic backgrounds (Mexican/ Japanese/ European/ Jewish).

Keiken, Japanese for experience, create speculative worlds, merging the physical and digital, “phygital”, using moving-image, CGI, gaming software, installation, virtual/augmented reality, programming and gamified performance. Simulating new structures and ways of existing they explore how societal introjection governs the way we feel, think and perceive.

They are currently developing a project which will be shown at Eastside Projects in Summer 2021 as part of Loop, a group exhibition co-curated with Harold Offeh.

Recent projects include Metaverse Womb for Creamcake 3HD, HAU, Berlin (2020), solo exhibition Augmented Empathy, FACT, Liverpool (2020) and performance with FACT x Ars Electronica, We are at the end of something for Yerevan Digital Biennial (2020) and Mira.Mov, Ideal, Barcelona (2020), Feel My Metaverse with gamified performance for Transmediale at HKW, Berlin (2020), Mind, Body and Screen, Block Universe (2020), Feel(s) 360 for Image Behaviour at ICA, London (2019) and Feel My Metaverse in collaboration with George Jasper Stone for Jerwood Art’s Collaborate!, London (2019), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2020) and for König Galerie’s The Artist Is Online (2020).


VR Birmingham is presented by STEAMhouse as part of DigiCities with BBC Academy and provides insight into the latest developments in new technology.

Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or have years of experience in AR/VR, it’s an opportunity to share and learn about the creative opportunities immersive technologies present.

Along with our guest speakers and host, we will also be joined by members of the STEAMhouse team and academics, who can address any question, no matter how big or small to support you in further developing your digital knowledge and skills.


What is STEAMhouse?

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Open since early 2018, the first phase of STEAMhouse was created by Birmingham City University in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England. It invited original business thinkers to collaborate and innovate, engaging with hundreds of SMEs in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Phase 1.5 launched in April 2020 and is focussed on supporting businesses – which includes self-employed, sole trading artists – to access and explore the potential of digital technologies to help develop businesses, artworks, practices and creative services.

Find out more HERE