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Tonya Nelson appointed Arts Council England’s first director of arts technology and innovation

Tonya Nelson
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Arts Council England has created a new role to support the cultural sector work with new technologies.

Tonya Nelson has been named the first director of arts technology and innovation, and will work with the sector to “promote digital transformation”.

Nelson co-authored the Culture Is Digital paper for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2018.

Nelson said “I am honoured and excited to take on this new role. As one of the co-authors of last year’s DCMS Culture is Digital policy report, I look forward to working with Arts Council colleagues to promote digital transformation across the cultural sector.”

ACE deputy chief executive Simon Mellor said she would bring “a deep understanding of the way that new technologies are shaping culture”.

Technology speak: what does it all mean?

Those technical terms explained:

  • Augmented reality: Layering a computer-generated image on to the real world, viewed through a headset or glasses.
  • Haptics: Simulation of touch sensation using a computer application, transmitted on to glass – such as on a smartphone – joysticks or modified clothing.
  • Holography: Displaying a three-dimensional image of a digital recording, using lighting patterns, which can be viewed without special glasses.
  • Immersive technologies: Any form of technology used to draw audiences into a story or to blur the boundaries between the physical and digital world.

Read our full list of technical terms relating to immersive theatre here

Immersive theatre technology speak: what does it all mean?

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