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  • 3/12 1pm Today -Dr. Heidi Boisevert, Culture Changes Us


    Culture Changes Us: How Stories Work on Hearts, Minds & Bodies

    Dr. Heidi Boisevert, artist/designer

    Friday, March 12, 2021, 1:00 PM, EST

    Dr. Heidi Boisvert will share case studies of past pop culture campaigns employing emerging technology to advance social issues in co-creative partnership with social justice organizations as well as her current research methods and insights emerging from the Limbic Lab, which employs biometrics, machine learning and predictive models to isolate effective narrative ingredients across various mediums of expression.


    About the Artist:

    Heidi Boisvert (PhD) is an interdisciplinary artist, experience designer, creative technologist, and academic researcher who interrogates the neurobiological and socio-cultural effects of media and technology. Simply put, she studies the role of the body, the senses, and emotion in human perception and social change. Boisvert is currently mapping the world's first media genome, while taking great care with its far-reaching ethical implications. She founded futurePerfect lab, a creative agency and think-tank that works with social justice organizations to design playful emerging media campaigns to transform the public imagination. She also co-founded XTH, a company creating novel modes of expression through biotechnology and the human body. Presently, she is working with David Byrne on Theater of the Mind, a new immersive theater piece. Boisvert is the Director of Emerging Media Technology at CUNY, where she teaches advanced classes in game design, virtual and augmented reality. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, a research affiliate in the Open Documentary Lab at MIT and a member of NEW INC’s Creative Science track. Learn more at: 


    This event is brought to you by UConn’s Department of Digital Media & Design.


    About the Diverse Perspectives in Digital Media & Design: 2021 Speaker Series:

    To paraphrase James Baldwin, nothing can be changed until it is faced. This is certainly true of the inequities that have historically shaped digital media content, fields, and careers. Join UConn’s Digital Media & Design department in welcoming industry professionals, artists, and media scholars from film, game, design, cultural and other sectors to discuss how issues of equity manifest in their work, creative processes, and professions, allowing us to reflect on how our own practice can support greater equity, diversity, and inclusion.

    For more information, contact: Stacy Webb at