Coral Manton

Kelham Island Museum - Saturday Day Time

Coral is a liver coder based in Bristol UK. She experiments with live-coding and electronics exploring improvised audio and visual composition. She has developed work with The Royal Academy of Music and SAT, Montreal. She regularly performs at clubs and festivals across Europe. This year she was featured at SXSW Music Festival. She has organised an Algorave in dis-used Police Cells under the streets of Bristol and is curating a British Library Lates Algorave taking over the iconic St. Pancras site. She is co-founder of Women Reclaiming AI, is Lecturer in Creative Computing at Bath Spa University, and is part of i-DAT and resident at The Pervasive Media Studio.


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Coral is a researcher and developer at i-DAT. Her current PhD is funded through the 3D3 consortium. She is a qualified curator and her professional background is in museums and galleries specialising in collections and exhibitions. She is an interdisciplinary artist and technologist with a specialism in data visualisation, interactive design, VR/Mixed-Reality and immersive experiences. Coral is a Maker - she was commissioned to design and build a series of interactive exhibits for Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum’s exhibition Come Create exploring art, engineering and celebrating the Maker Movement.

Coral leads the IVT/VR research group at Plymouth and last year went on a research residency to SAT in Montreal. Her VR research including prototyping speculative experiences - she developed a EEG Brain controlled VR experience for Birmingham Arts Science Festival 2018. Coral led a lecture series in making immersive films for full-dome cinema with the University of the West of England and the Royal Academy of Music and been in-house digital artist for Birmingham Planetarium.

Coral is an audio visual performer and coder, she performs regularly at Algoraves and was featured in the Guardian in an article on the future of underground dance music. She is an advocate for women in technology and coding speaking at Digital Catapult and doing a BOM fellowship exploring methods for collaborative working for women in technology and exposing the effects of negative representations of women online through a series of workshops and interventions. In collaboration with Birgitte Aga, she is developing an feminist conversational AI, programmed by women through a series of workshops around the UK.