The network will investigate three related yet distinct fields of: contemporary theatre, artificial intelligence and ludic technologies. The main focus of the network will be interdisciplinary bringing together science, arts and humanities. It will investigate these fields by bringing together researchers, artists, technologists, designers and industry specialists.

Investigators/Directors: Dr Alan Chamberlain (University of Nottingham) and Dr Piotr Woycicki (Aberystwyth University)

Symposium I: Humanist Perspectives

Nottingham University, 9th of April 2021 (the event will be held online)


The symposium will explore approaches towards a humanistic understanding of the inter-relation between the domains of A.I., theatre and performance and ludic technologies. 

Session I: Keynotes

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction

10:15 – 10:45 Prof. Steve Benford (University of Nottingham) 

10:45 – 11:15 Dr. Maria Kallionpää  (Hong Kong Baptist University)

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee

11:30 – 12:00 Nick Tandavanitj (Blast Theory)

12:00 – 12:30 Panel 


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


Session II: Workshops

14:00 – 17:00 Three Parallel Workshop Sessions. In partnership with the TAS Hub.

1) Making AI Understandable (BBC)


2) How Do We Understand Trust and The Need to Design Autonomous Systems for Trust? (Thales Group)


3) Jazz as Social Machine (University of Southampton/Turing Institute)

Check out the Workshops page for details.

Symposium II: Ruptures/Disruptions

Aberystwyth University, July 2021

The symposium will explore how the application of A.I. in theatre and performance and ludic technologies can instantiate ruptures and disruptions to our contemporary cultural context and the everyday. The symposium will also look at ways in which A.I. can be used in staging provocations and provocative design. 

Symposium III: Immersion and Corporeal/Embodied Experiences

Nottingham University, November 2021


The symposium will explore how A.I., theatre and performance and ludic technologies impact our understanding of immersion and corporeal/embodied experiences in the postdigital age. There will be scope for further exploration of the impact of A.I. development on VR, AR and MR technologies which are opening up new modes of experience and engagement with virtual worlds.


Inter-disciplinary exhibition project

Venue and date TBA 

As a final event, we will organise a gallery exhibition of ideas and concepts generated by the network and produce a catalogue which will document this work (printed and online form).