Shaping Destiny Presents: A day of exploration
Shaping Destiny is a multi-disciplinary public engagement project led by members of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) and TORCH. We are bringing together the fields of immersive technology, developmental genetics, and creative performance, to explore the force of the key concepts of ‘destiny’ and ‘embodiment’. Join us to explore the power of the embodied imagination in an experiment combining scientific analysis and dance, cultural history and virtual reality. Wrestle with key shared notions such as fate, determinism and culture in both cellular and creative domains, investigate human ‘norms’, our histories, and your futures.

Across the afternoon, we will be presenting 3 performances of Oxford People’s Theatre especially commissioned show. Oxford People’s Theatre performances are at 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00. Parasol and Body Politic will also be performing.

Parasol and Body Politic performance 16:00-16:30

Body Politic performance 18:00-18:30

We are also offering the opportunity to explore the research that inspired the show with exciting activities on site.

The VR Experience – 10 minutes to explore a virtual world 12:00-20:00

Please feel free to book any or all of the activities.
Date: 10 June 2023, 12:00 (Saturday, 7th week, Trinity 2023)
Venue: Radcliffe Observatory
Venue Details: Radcliffe Humanities Building
Speaker: N/A
Organising department: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)
Part of: Humanities Cultural Programme
Booking required?: Required
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Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Belinda Clark