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Toni Dove

Embodied Machines

Matthew McLendon, Christiane Paul, Erkki Huhtamo, George E. Lewis, Debra Bricker Balken and Ren̩é Steinke

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 118 9

    Size: 286 x 229 mm

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 128

    In association with:

    Date published: January, 2018

    UK £26 /US $39.95


  • First and definitive book on the career of influential artist Toni Dove
  • Accompanies a major exhibition at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (February 25 – May 20 2018)
  • Will appeal to those with interest in contemporary art, new media and the growing field of Virtual Reality
  • Debuts latest work The Dress That Eats Souls, which exists at the forefront of computer and robotic technology


This uniquely designed book presents the first survey of contemporary artist Toni Dove’s pioneering work at the crossroads of performance, cinema, and virtual reality.  Credited as one of the innovators of ‘interactive cinema’, since the early 1990s, Toni Dove has created an oeuvre of ‘speculative technology’ blending computer driven interactivity, live-mix performance and installation in projects which examine histories of consumer culture through evolving technologies. Dove’s collaborative practice brings together visual artists, filmmakers, fashion designers, robotics engineers, computer programmers, musicians, actors, and writers – each at the vanguard of his or her own métier. Accompanying a major exhibition, this distinctively designed volume presents four of Dove’s most notable works, including the debut of her newest work The Dress That Eats Souls, which exists at the forefront of computer and robotic technology.

Author information

Matthew McLendon is the Director and Chief Curator of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia