Digital Cultures Lab
and Research Platform
The conditions: Digital Cultures Lab, Performances, Symposium
Cultures Lab, and the performances/installations and public events (Symposium,
Digital Lounge & Meeting Place) connected to it, is neither a structured research
workshop, nor a festival or academic conference, nor a residency.
combines elements from all of these formats, and as a "lab residency"
it invites all guests to enjoy an intensive period of shared exploration: collaborations,
exchange of information and practices, hands on workshops, prototypes and brief
exhibitions, critical reflections, platforms for discussion.
as host becomes collective presence; there is an element of self-organization
involved since many guests are experienced practitioners, and know each other
of have heard of each otherıs work. The Lab provides the conditions whereby
artists interested in dance and technology, and generally, in performance and
digital creativity, could evolve their own structure for exchanging skills and
ideas, while also allowing the different activities to be scrutinized and debated
from cross-cultural critical perspectives.
of "digital cultures" is a question, not a matter of fact.
Conjunctions (the artists, practitioners and researchers from different
contexts and cultural - technical locales report from the field .
work in progress
- new conceptual
of the collective will offer workshops or were asked to facilitate focus groups.
A workshop itinerary has evolved allowing the whole ensemble (50 practitioners)
to choose whether to work in the sessions upstairs (Powerhouse) or downstairs
(Basement). We have suggested a joint (plenary) meeting at each end of the day
(17:oo-19:oo) during which we compare notes from the dayıs work and debate the
results or emerging critical issues.
November 30, at 20:oo there is a dinner arranged to which everyone is invited.
December 1, at 20:30, there is the opening night celebration to start up the
Symposium and Public Performances.
Saturday night (20:oo) there are six dance concerts and two film screenings
staged at Sandfield Center.
3. A team
of postgraduate volunteers will document the Lab
residency, and we will all take notes to formulate questions, aesthetic
and critical issues and keywords evolving from the lab and the lab presentations.
these questions and issues can be pursued further during the weekend symposium.
Invited speakers will bring further perspectives and research reports to the
5. We propose
to investigate (during Symposium) how performance and digital culture practices
reflect on themselves, and how evolving dance and technology practices and theories
gestures that can
be judged in relation to conceptual practices in other media, and within a wider
system (of art, culture).
6. How do
the two sides of the Symposium (dance technologies,
and locative media/technology arts) complement each other, what shared or distinct
manifestations arise. How do the live performances, installations and screenings
comment upon the Lab, and vice versa?
are an extended sketch of background textures or references to research
materials, books, articles, and artworks, website links.
will form our online library.
At the Digital Cultures lab, there will also be a real book table
in the lounge area where authors and practitioners will bring their
work to be displayed. Publishers will send their recent publications.
We will create a "Research Dive" where content and tool
sharing are possible (Open Source, Copyleft)
by Johannes Birringer (Nottingham). assistant coordinator: Isabel Valverde (Lisbon)
Cultures is supported by private-public partnerships and donations.