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Cross-dimensional digital arts collective Keiken (Augmented Empathy) will be in open conversation on their collaborative creative process, their co-working set-up, and the realities of how they overlap. They will discuss how labour and budget are distributed, emotional energies and creative direction maintained, and the practicalities of applying for funding and negotiating institutions as a unit.

Keiken – Japanese for ‘experience’ – is a cross-dimensional collaborative practice based in London, Berlin and Cornwall, founded in 2015 by artists Tanya Cruz, Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos. They also regularly work with other collaborators. Exhibitions include The Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2020); FACT, Liverpool, UK (2020) and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2019).

Keiken simulate speculative futures and create physical/digital – phygital – experiences using moving image, CGI, gaming engines, new media installations, web development, virtual/augmented reality and gamified performance. Keiken aim to create a collective shared space of virtual worlds, a Metaverse, and make their work through trans-authorial narratives – stories written by multiple people. In their speculative worlds, they reflect on the contemporary as though the present is history. Simulating new structures and ways of existing, they explore how societal introjection governs the way we feel, think and perceive.