Dr Trudy Barber

Due to unforeseen circumstances it has become necessary to replace our scheduled keynote. We are delighted to announce our new keynote Dr Trudy Barber with grateful thanks for being so kind as to step in at this late stage.

Dr Trudy Barber created the UKs first immersive Virtual Reality Sex environment during undergraduate Fine Art Degree studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London in 1992.

She went on to complete her PhD, “Computer Fetishsm and Sexual Futurology&qout; exposing the impact of arousal on technologies of cyberspace from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2005, during which time Trudy worked with the British Association of Sex and Relationship therapists, and chaired digital/tech themed events for the World Association of Sexologists.

Between 2005 and 2006 she worked as Arts Coordinator for the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester where she conceived various projects for terminally ill patients dealing with their illness and notions of death.

She joined the Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty at Portsmouth University in 2006, and is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice Degree in the School of Film, Media and Communications.

Trudy lectures and writes on various aspects of Digital Culture. Her subjects are emergent media, cyber/digital culture, cybersexualities, Virtual Reality, robots, deviant leisure, theories of love and attachment, art practice and the digital future.

She has published, lectured and broadcast world wide for over 25 years on her interests.

Title of talk:

The Body in Real and Digital Space: a brief exploration of sex and death in
both traditional and digital arts practice.