Camille Baker is an artist-performer/researcher/curator within various art forms. This includes immersive experiences, participatory performance and interactive art, mobile media art, tech fashion/soft circuits/DIY electronics, and much more! Baker develops methods to explore expressive non-verbal modes of communication, extended embodiment and presence in real and mixed reality and interactive contexts. This is through the utilisation of XR, haptics/ e-textiles, wearable devices and mobile media.
She has an ongoing fascination with all things emotional, embodied, felt, sensed, visceral, physical, and relational. Her current artwork touring is INTER/her: An IntimateJourney Inside the Female Body which was LUMEN Prize 2021 shortlisted.
Get to know the artist
We asked Camille Baker some questions to get to know her and her practice better.
What does the theme ‘Emergence’ mean to you/your practice?
Emergence for me and my practice is about exploring how new creative expressions that result from experimenting with new technologies.
What do you love most about being a part of our festival?
That the work that’s close to my heart and personal experience can reach another audience and further conversations about the reproductive diseases that women often suffer.
What would you like the audience to take away from experiencing your work?
That they can take more control over their health and treatment experience by learning more about their bodies, asking many more questions of their GP’s and gynaecologists, they can speak to their partners and family about what’s happening and can urge their MP’sand politicians to do more around women’s health in terms of education of women and girls as well as GPs, and funding more research into better and faster treatment for women’s reproductive diseases.
How does your art connect with the local culture of Lincoln?
It connects to women and those with reproductive systems in every city in the UK and in Western countries in terms of their healthcare and treatment.
What message or emotion do you aim to convey through your work?
That women’s healthcare, treatment and reproductive research matters and needs more support and funding.
Could you describe the feeling you get when you see your art resonating with people?
Pride, mixed but strong emotions that maybe I’ve been able to support or “hear” someone in some way (as I normally speak with them after the VR piece they’ve seen and they often share their own experiences, sometimes they’ve never told anyone).