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Research Interests

Games; Animation; Performance; Installation; Motion capture; Virtual reality; Augmented reality; Interactive environments; Dance and somatic practices; New visual media technologies


Visual artist and choreographer Ruth Gibson works across disciplines to produce objects, software and installations in partnership with artist Bruno Martelli. She exhibits in galleries and museums internationally creating award-winning projects using computer games, virtual reality, print and video.

A Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Dance Research, Ruth investigates and creates new performance spaces using digital technology. Her commitment to the field of interdisciplinary and collaborative research was recognised in 2010 when she was awarded a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Creative Fellowship to examine image interpretation through motion capture, dance and computer visualisation. She has received a National Endowment for Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Innovation Award for SwanQuake and a Henry Moore Foundation New Commission for VISITOR. Her first work with Martelli Windowsninetyeight won a British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) nomination for Interactive Art. More recently she won the Lumen Prize for MAN A, an augmented reality project.

Ruth has worked as a motion capture performer, supervisor and advisor for Vicon, Motek, Animazoo, Televirtual and for the BBC. She co-authored SwanQuake: the user manual, a selection of articles and essays opening up discursive reflections on the making of an interactive artwork, do-it yourself instructions of the process and the ontology of game art.

Skinner Releasing Technique underpins her practice, she is a certified SRT teacher and combines the technique with her performance technology research.

Vision Statement

Gibson’s current practice examines the postmodern notion of simulacra. This concept is based on the idea that nothing is real, the world is a series of interlocking illusions, swimming in a sea of media driven images and signs that are bewildering and ultimately uninterpretable. Her desire is to play in the spaces between the 'real' and the 'imaginary' to provide a counterpoint to simulated landscapes via the human form. She exploits virtual reality to explore the relationship between the natural and the artificial in both wilderness and urban environments. The creative expansion of interface development into new territories evolving science, new display technologies and somatic practices is at the heart of her research.


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  • Performance
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Virtual
  • Augmented
  • Mixed
  • Reality
  • Immersion
  • Interactive
  • Installation
  • Mobile
  • apps
  • Mocap
  • Film
  • Immersive
  • Participation
  • HCI

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Research Output

Art of the Accident

Gibson, R. & Martelli, B., 10 Dec 2019, (Submitted) Error, Ambiguity, and Creativity: A Multidisciplinary Reader. Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A Virtual Reality Exhibition - Enter Through The Headset 4

Gibson, R., Martelli, B. & Jensenius, D., 5 Sep 2019

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

  • Drawing Levels: Virtual Reality Experience

    Gibson, R., Martelli, B. & Jensenius, D., 1 May 2019

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchArtefact

  • Expanded Fields – A moving image installation with live performance, sound and virtual reality

    Gibson, R., Martelli, B., Roche, J. & Mercier, M., 20 Nov 2019

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

  • MAN A VR

    Gibson, R., Martelli, B. & Nash, A., 12 Sep 2019

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

  • Activities

    UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Networking Workshop

    Ruth Gibson (Speaker)
    22 Oct 201923 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    5th Dance and Somatic Practices Conference

    Ruth Gibson (Speaker), Jenny Roche (Speaker)
    5 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Lumen Prize Judge

    Ruth Gibson (Examiner)
    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Other

    Creative XR

    Ruth Gibson (Speaker)
    21 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    University of Southern California

    Ruth Gibson (Visiting researcher)
    20 Feb 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution


    AHRC and EPSRC Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

    Ruth Gibson (Recipient), Joseph DeLappe (Recipient) & Darshana Jayemanne (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Capturing stillness: visualisations of dance through motion capture technologies

    Ruth Gibson (Recipient) & Sarah Whatley (Recipient), 18 May 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Christie/CAFKA Award Canada

    Ruth Gibson (Recipient) & Bruno Martelli (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Coventry University International Research Collaboration Fellowship

    Ruth Gibson (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Coventry University Pump Prime Funding

    Ruth Gibson (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)