Blind: The interactions between light, projections and dance-movements
Facilitated by Daniela Zehnder (Zurich)
Daniela offered a workshop in the Basement Gallery
of the Lab introducing participants to her practice and her working
methods. Daniela is a stage and light designer who creates visual
and transparent spaces of light for stage and outdor environments.
Her artistic use of light combined with dance and new media transforms
stages, factory halls, discos and historical ruins into spaces of
light and color. Demonstrating some aspects of her work, Daniela
pointed out the relationships between the use of light and the use
of (video) projections in dance.
Of particular interest for the Digital Cultures Lab
was Daniela's background and long term experience as a
professional scenographer, light designer, with a backgound of studies
at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam and at the University of Zürich,
and a degree in the history of art. She is a co-founder of two intermedia
atelier associations: raum-2 and koprod. In Zürich, these platforms
provide studio and performance space, and contacts for lively artistic
collaboration. But she is also an initator of intermedia und intercultural
projects, and has worked repeatedly in Bangalore (India). It was due
to Daniela's introduction that Digital Cultures Lab was able to make
contact with Jayachandran Palazhy (Attakkali Center for Movement Art)
in Bangalor and invite him to Nottingham. Jayachandran will also participate
in the renowned IN TRANSIT festival laboratory at the Haus der Kulturen,
Berlin, in May/June 2006, where on Mat 29th he will collaborate with
Johannes Birringer and Fabiana Britto (Bahia) in a workshop on mind/body
Daniela's studio and production house, atelier lightsite, has developed
an unique approach using light and projections, digital images, abstract
structures and colored projections. in combination with the effects
of stage lights they create unique visual spaces and provide atmospheric
stage environments for dance productions, festivals and music events.
For dance installations the movements of the dancers are interwoven
with different light effects. Daniela has taken part in the realisation
of large projects that combined music, dance and visual techniques
(George Lewis, Terry Adkins NY, Andres Bosshard, Telefonia NY-ZH,
Calvin Jackson NY-DE, Christian Ziegler ZKM DE, Facets India). Since
the year 2000 Daniela has been each year as artist in residence in
India and is collaborating with Attakkalari Centre for Dance and Movement
and the Design School Sristhi in Bangalore for workshops and Projects.
As outflow of this experience the project Color blind shall be realized
in the Apeejay Media Gallery in Delhi in January 2007
Leaving the stage and art spaces, the newest artistic interest focuses
on the visual transformation of cities and public spaces. the collaboration
with international artists of various medias and cultures are an important
concern of the artist. This aspect of her work also found a uniquely
interesting link, during the Digital Cultures Lab, with Margarita
Bali's installation, the miniature version "Pizzurno
Revisited" which he specifically constructed for Nottingham
and the Powerhouse Basement Gallery after having mounted a massive
site specfic dance installation-performance with her company in a
major building in Buenos Aires.
Alongside her productions in Europe, Daniela Zehnder
lives and works for three month of the year in India, where she leads
workshops for young digital artists and dancers in education. For
her newest activities she works with Light as an independent medium
and creates collaborations with international artists of various fields.
She sees light as a communicative and connecting medium.