and Digital Cultures Symposium on Performance, Dance, and Technology Art
December 2 Arkwright Lecture Theatre, 10am-6:30pm
13:oo Panel 1 City Performance Performance
in the Wild Site Specificity Audience Interaction
panel explores the manner in which performers are using technology to interface
with the cityscape as a means of generating a new performance frame in
which to examine aspects of 'liveness', Improvisation
in a non-controllable, dynamic environment, interaction with coincidental audiences
and passers-by, etc.
include: Simon Will (Gob Squad), Michelle Teran, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll),
Matt Adamas (Blast Theory)
16:oo Panel 2 The local and the global: Movement, Digitalization, Transmission
examination of current performance and media practices in non-Western and Western
deployment and use of new technologies
and technological transculture
and interaction, travel and co-production/collaborative culture methods
Speakers: Sally Jane Norman (Culture Lab, Newcastle), Sher Doruff
(Amsterdam), Thecla Schiphorst (Vancouver), Margarita Bali (Buenos Aires) &
DC Lab participants
by: Keiko Courdy (Paris/Kyoto)
18:30 Panel 3 - Overcoming Distance
Connections Network as stage - Telematic Techniques in Performance -
Streaming media - New wireless initiatives
have been used by artists and performers over the last decades; the question
of whether a performance is "real", "virtual" or "mediated" is no longer the
the technologies get increasingly refined, real time seems far from an impossible
goal. Telematics open up possibilities for global events with global audiences
thus challenging not only common notions of live performance as a social gathering,
but also the nature of the frame.
alternatives are there to watching a streamed performance alone at home on your
computer? What opportunities do telematics offer and what are the practical
pitfalls? How much is the new technology being embraced? How do you get the
world seated at a global performance? This panel will feature recent examples
of telematic practice and streaming performance and will look at the future
developments and obstacles that practitioners will have to negotiate.
Speakers include: John Mitchell (Arizona), Sita Popat (Leeds), Heath Bunting
(Bristol), Adam Hyde (Radioqualia), Rachel Jacobs (Nottingham), Hellen Sky (Melbourne)
by Sue Thomas, author of "Hello World: Travels in Virtuality"
13:oo Panel 4 Capturing Dance / Dance Software-culture / Dance and
Visualization Technology, Wearable and Pervasive Computing in Dance and Interactive
examination of current practices in the dance and science areas, models of collaborations,
and new research approaches.
Particular emphasis on research in motion capturing and graphic animation, interactive
system design, real time processing/improvisation systems,
computing and wearable fabric design, documentation of dance, new software for
include: DC Lab participants, Simon Biggs/Sue Hawksely (Sheffield), Marlon Barrios
Solano (Venezuela/New York), Ghislaine Boddington (Future Physical) Igor Stromajer
(Ljubljana), Chris Salter (Montréal), Thomas Dumke (Dresden).
by : Kirk Woolford
Panel 5 Lunch Forum 12:00 - 13:30
Private View - Arts Council England and BBC Artists' Commission
Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie, Simon Pope -- Chaired by Sarah Cooke
- 16:oo Panel 6 A Description of the World as Though it was a Beautiful Place
Play With Augmented Reality - Mixed reality - Gaming structures as performance
This panel takes the everyday world as a blank canvas on which
to paint another picture. By augmenting reality and bleeding fiction into day
to day life, normality is redefined, meaning is layered over the banal and the
wheel is somewhat reinvented. Once again, the space that we thought we knew
is presented as a stage on which a different narrative can run.
examination of practice reveals differing approaches: The development of new
technologies Using everyday technologies in new ways The technology
of stimulating imagination
Speakers include: Active Ingredient, Steven Benford (Mixed Reality Lab), Cliff
Randell (developer, wearable computing), Christian Nold, Jen Southern,
by: Steven Benford
18:30 Panel 7 New research addressing Dance, Performance and Digital
scholarship in the contemporary dance and performance media studies field, critical
& creative writing on contemporary dance and new media.
include: Ivani Santana (Bahia, Brazil), Ran Hyman (Vancouver), Stamatia Portanova
(London), Isabel Valverde (Portugal), Aylin Kalem (Istanbul), et al
Respondents: Philippe Baudelot, Sue Broadhurst
English Breakfast at Broadway Cafebar 10:00 - 11:30
Informal Network Session
us for a tour through town visiting the Radiator Festival exhibition of artistsą
- 16:oo Closing Panel 8: Digital Cultures and Technology Art
dance/performance changed over the past 20 years, and has the impact of digital
media, capturing, interactive system design, and computing spaces effectively
altered the relations of production, research and creativity?
we seen the growth of an international collaborative culture, or of distinct
hybrid forms which have opened up the conventions of live art? Is there more
screen-based or installation-based distribution? Has dance and technology evolved
beyond dance and technology, turned mainstream or established its own venues
far has digital creativity entered dance and art education, performance science
and art & technology research? Critical reception and audience acceptance? Is
it possible to formulate a political concept of dance cultures which takes into
account the depoliticized or neoliberal technocentrism/market orientation of
much of the research in the creative industries?
are the examples of bottom-up performance and science collaboration?
Examples of Work: Outcome of the Research-Meeting (Digital Cultures Lab) and
current research and creation in the field (reports from the field)
include: Philippe Baudelot (Monaco Dance Forum, keynote), Henry Daniel (TRANSNET,
Vancouver), Xin Zeng (Beijing), Mine Kaylan (Leleg: Bodrum)/ Aylin Kalem Iscen
(Istanbul, Techne Festival), Armando Menicacci (Mediadanse, Paris), Beryl Graham
(CRUMB), Erin Manning (Montréal)
by Johannes Birringer
The Symposium has been moved
to Arkwright Lecture Theatre, across the street from Victoria Studios.
credit: Simon Biggs/Sue Hawksley (c) 2005
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