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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.


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Performance
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Virtual
  • Augmented
  • Mixed
  • Reality
  • Immersion
  • Interactive
  • Installation
  • Mobile
  • apps
  • Mocap
  • Film

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Virtual reality Engineering & Materials Science
Bronze Engineering & Materials Science
Acoustic waves Engineering & Materials Science
Artist Arts & Humanities
Yachts Engineering & Materials Science
Data acquisition Engineering & Materials Science
Application programs Engineering & Materials Science
Augmented reality Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2007 2019

The Fifth Wall

Gibson, R. & Martelli, B., Aug 2019, The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader. Braysmith, T., Fenemore, A. & Witts, N. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Towards a Deterritorialised Field of Dance

Gibson, R., Brown, C., Roche, J., Whatley, S. (ed.), Huxley, M. (ed.) & David, A. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century. Dance Books, Vol. (In-Press). p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Natural World
New Zealand
Digital Technology

Crypto Choreography / Soma Spy

Gibson, R., 1 Jun 2018, A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Blades, H. & Waelde, C. (eds.). Coventry: C-DaRE, p. 408 - 433 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Virtual Reality

Digital Revolution - WF Central, Beijing

Gibson, R. & Martelli, B., 16 Jan 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

Media Art

The Bronze Key: Performing and Materialising a Cipher System - Casa Paganini, Genoa

Gibson, R., Martelli, B. & Kozel, S., 28 Jun 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

Data privacy
Design of experiments

Activities 2010 2018

  • 12 Participation in conference
  • 4 Invited talk

Automated Away

Ruth Gibson (Speaker), Bruno Martelli (Invited speaker)
19 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Ruth Gibson (Speaker)
15 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2017

Sarah Whatley (Speaker), Rosemary E. Kostic Cisneros (Speaker), Ruth Gibson (Speaker), Karen Wood (Speaker)
7 Jul 20179 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

WhoLoDance: mediated real and virtual dancing bodies - DRHA - Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts

Sarah Whatley (Speaker), Ruth Gibson (Speaker), Karen Wood (Speaker)
12 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Ruth Gibson (Keynote Speaker)
11 Feb 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


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)

Virtual reality
Computer games
Augmented reality
Mobile devices

Christie/CAFKA Award Canada

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

contemporary art

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)