• From: "Johannes Birringer" <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 11:36:10 +0100

a n n o u n c e m e n t ::



August 16 - 22, 2010

Directed by Johannes Birringer and Mark Coniglio

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY

EMPAC announces its first summer lab for interactive media in performance, to 
be held August 16-22 at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. 
Directed by Johannes Birringer and Mark Coniglio, the workshop offers intensive 
training and possibilities for experimentation with mixed reality and real time 
architectures, programmable environments, interactive design and the 
integration of time-based media into live performance and installation.

The workshop addresses emerging and professional art practitioners, scientists, 
researchers, and students from different backgrounds in performance and new 
media committed to sharing their interest in developing a deeper understanding 
of composing work focussed on real time / interactive or time-based experiences 
and multidisciplinary collaborative processes (video, sound processing, 
projection design, lighting, choreography and directing).

Participants will be in residence for the duration of the lab and offered first 
class facilities at EMPAC for investigating performance and design techniques 
that will develop skills and inspire new ideas for working in mixed realities 
and interlinked physical/virtual or distributed aesthetics. The workshop will 
include examples and references to international stage works, choreographic 
systems, installations and site-specific works, as well as hands-on 
experimentation in full resolution with interactive systems.

Methodologies for the laboratory are conceived by theatre director and media 
artist Johannes Birringer, founder of the annual Interaktionslabor and 
professor of performance technologies at Brunel University (London), and Mark 
Coniglio, artistic co-director of Troika Ranch and creator of the Isadora 
software.  Both artists are widely recognized for their pioneering work in the 
international performance and media network. Interaktionslabor was last offered 
on tour in Belo Horizonte, Brasil (2008), and Birringer's and Coniglio's work 
has been featured in numerous festivals and exhibitions around the world.

The activities of the lab are open to visitors, and information about the 
proceedings and the research process can be found on the EMPAC website 

Résumé and informal letter of application due: June 30, 2010. Contact: Hélène 
Lesterlin: lesteh@xxxxxxx / tel. 518.276.3918

More information:

Skill requirements: Intermediate/advanced experience in performing with 
audio/visual technologies and/or programming. Previous experience with Isadora 
or Max/MSP recommended. This workshop is geared for those already working with 
technology but wishing to improve their skills and get new perspectives.

It is recommended that participants bring rehearsal clothing and their own 
laptop and other tools (camera, recorder, etc.). Digital equipment will also be 


HOUSING: Participants in the workshop will be able to choose from several 
shared or single on-campus housing options, or may organize their own housing 
while in Troy.




Johannes Birringer
Johannes Birringer is an independent choreographer and media artist. As 
artistic director of AlienNation Co. (www.aliennationcompany.com),  he has 
created numerous dance-theatre works, videos, digital media installations and 
site-specific performances in collaboration with artists in Europe, the 
Americas, China, Japan and Australia. He has taught at several universities in 
the US, including Yale University, Rice University, and Northwestern 
University, and in 2000 he created the new Dance & Technology MFA at Ohio State 
University. His books include Theatre Theory Postmodernism (1989), Media and 
Performance (1998),  Performance on the Edge (2000), and Performance, 
Technology, and Science (2008). In 2005 he co-edited a book on dance and 
neuroscience (Tanz im Kopf/Dance and Cognition). As co-founder of ADaPT 
(Association for Dance and Performance Telematics), he developed a number of 
online performances in the early years of this century; his contributions to 
online collaborative networks were recognized by ars electronica in 2005.  He 
has won numerous awards and commissions, and taught workshops in performance 
technologies and composition in many parts of the world. In 2003 he founded the 
international Interaktionslabor Göttelborn in a former coalmine in Germany, 
initiating long-term research into interactive systems and real time theatrical 
processes. In 2006 he was appointed professor of performance technologies at 
Brunel University in London, where he directs the Design and Performance Lab 
(www.brunel.ac.uk/dap). Recent production include the digital oratorio Corpo, 
Carne e Espírito, premiered in Brasil at FIT Theatre Festival (2008), and Suna 
no Onna (2007-08), an interactive dance work created with his London-based lab 
featuring wearable designs by fashion designer Michèle Danjoux. His new mixed 
reality installation UKIYO will go on European tour in June 2010.

Mark Coniglio
Recognized as a pioneering force in the integration of dance and media, 
composer/media artist Mark Coniglio creates large-scale performance works that 
integrate music, dance, theater and interactive media. With choreographer Dawn 
Stoppiello he is co-founder of Troika Ranch (http://www.troikaranch.org), a 
dance theater company committed to creating hybrid, media intensive 
performances.  As Troika Ranch, they have been honored with a New York Dance 
and Performance "Bessie" Award, an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica, 
and the "Eddy" award from Live Design magazine.

From the start, Coniglio's artistic practice has included the creation of 
custom interactive systems that allow performers to manipulate video, sound, 
and light in real-time. His first technological breakthrough came in 1989 when 
he created MidiDancer, a wireless system that allowed a performer to 
interactively control music. His passion for giving control to the performer 
led him to create the award-winning software Isadora®, a flexible graphic 
programming environment that provides interactive control over digital media. 
Isadora is now the tool of choice for hundreds of artist's worldwide including 
such notables as The Wooster Group, Morton Subotnick, Bebe Miller and the Royal 
Shakespeare Company.

A native of Nebraska, he received his BFA degree in music composition in 1989 
from California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic music 
pioneer Morton Subotnick. From 1990-94, he taught courses in interactive music 
at CalArts and was an integral member of the Center for Experiments in Art, 
Information and Technology. Coniglio is the recipient of two consecutive ARM 
Fellowships from Dance Theater Workshop (2004/05) and was facilitator for that 
program in 2006. His writings about new media in performance have appeared in 
numerous books and journals, including "New Visions In Performance", "La Scena 
Digitale: Nuovi Media Per La Danza" and Movement Research Journal. He relocated 
from New York to Berlin, Germany in 2008.


The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) 
opened its doors in 2008 and was hailed by the New York Times as a 
?technological pleasure dome for the mind and senses? dedicated to the marriage 
of art and science as it has never been done before.?

Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC offers artists, scholars, 
researchers, engineers, designers, and audiences opportunities for creative 
exploration that are available nowhere else under a single roof. EMPAC operates 
nationally and internationally, attracting creative individuals from around the 
world and sending new artworks and innovative ideas onto the global stage.

EMPAC's building is a showcase work of architecture and a unique technological 
facility that boasts unrivalled presentation and production capabilities for 
art and science spanning the physical and virtual worlds and the spaces in 

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest 
technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the 
sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the social 
sciences and humanities. For over thirty years, the Institute has been a leader 
in interdisciplinary creative research, especially in the electronic arts. In 
addition to its MFA and Ph.D. programs in Electronic Arts, Rensselaer offers 
Bachelor degrees in Electronic Arts, and in Electronic Media, Arts, and 
Communication - one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the 
United States. The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and 
EMPAC are two major research platforms that Rensselaer has established at the 
beginning of the 21st century.

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