Isabel Valverde / Butler2 Evelyn

Isabel Valverde is a transdisciplinary artist researcher from Portugal. Starts experimental solo and co-creative collaborative performance art-dance work since 1986. PhD in Dance Theory and History (UCR, 2004), MA in Interdisciplinary Arts (IAC/SFSU), New Dance (SNDD/AHK) and Dance (FMH/UTL). Isabel’s doctoral thesis, Interfacing Dance and Technology: a theoretical framework for performance in the digital domain, has been translated to Portuguese and published by FCG/FCT (2010). Her postdoctoral research on Dances and Technologies engaged somatic based performance within hybrid embodied interactions and the continuum of actualization and virtualization, at the CAT/IHSIS, Centre for Arts and Technologies/Institute for Human Studies and Intelligent Sciences, and VIMMI/INESC-ID (Visualization and Intelligent MultiModal Interfaces Group). Associate researcher at GAIPS/INESC-ID (Intelligent Agents and Synthetic Characters’ Group) and CIAC/UAberta, continues cross-disciplinary practice based artistic research on Somatic-Technological Dance through co-creative collaborations on mixed-reality corporealities participatory environments and cultures, including virtual and physical characters (avatars and robots NAO and Baxter) and multitude of interfaces with Metaverse platforms. Senses Places (w/ Todd Cochrane, Ana Moura, Liz Solo, Yukihiko Yoshida, SaveMe Oh, Isaura Seppi, etal.), Blind Date (w/ Yiannis Melanitis). Lecturer and facilitator of workshops on soma-tech dances and CI. Co-founder of Posthuman Corporealities – Network Encounter and T.A.L..

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