[dance-tech] Re: March Discussion

  • From: Bud Blumenthal <dub@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:20:29 +0200


I’ve been part of this list for quite a few years now and am encouraged that it
still exists.
Sharing time:

I tend to alternate dance works and dance works with technology. I’ve been at
it for about 25 years.
I’ll share a link or two for your interest.

Last work that I made that tried to include everything in the universe
including the kitchen sink as well as live photons. -
clip/trailer on bottom of page

next project in preparation is “Leaves of Grass” concerning plant ecology,
interaction, love, society -
blog : http://www.bud-hybrid.org/blog/leaves-of-grass/
graphic presentation :
LOG français:
Log English:

oh yeah there is DANCERS! that is a utopian online and installation and filming
project that puts dancers of any style or technique centerstage so that we may
appreciate the gardians of the sacred flame of dance :-) -

6min intro to project :
https://vimeo.com/123416927 <https://vimeo.com/123416927>

8 min documentary on the shooting sessions :
https://vimeo.com/123179738 <https://vimeo.com/123179738>

Finally you can go to the DANCERS! website and explore among the 175 solos of
two minutes. You can search among solos using two different methods : standard
criteria or using the “relational navigator” that uses computer analysis of the
solos in order to group them according to similarity (serious computer analysis
involved here). You may send email to the dancers, rate and comment on them and
even record a number of solos in an order that you can share as a playlist.
www.dancersproject.com <http://www.dancersproject.com/>

I hope you find some of this interesting and useful.

On 01 Apr 2015, at 15:17, Thomas F. DeFrantz <t.defrantz@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

friends, I'm glad to read about the work being undertaken all over. it's
surely time for a conference where creators share the 'under the hood' of
various dance-tech experiments in presentations or posters/telepresence. so
many interesting projects from the last five years! can we assemble, maybe
next summer during the American Dance Festival, to share some recent
approaches to interface?

after leaving MIT in 2011, I'm still teaching 'performance and technology' at
Duke University; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxwGdMeIgPM
Jaime del Valle will be here with the Metabody project next week;
we could likely host something simple in 2016 that would allow us to share
design ideas.

best, in motion, tommy

Thomas F. DeFrantz
Chair, DUKE African and African American Studies
Professor, DUKE DANCE, Theater Studies
Director, SLIPPAGE:Performance|Culture|Technology
Founding Director, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance

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Hello Everyone,

this discussion is fascinating, thankyou to everyone who is contributing
examples of their work and information about their practice.

the idea of using technology to share the creative process with the audience
was the subject of a recent audience development research project undertaken
by myself as artist, Tanja Raman as choreographer (together we are known as
TaikaBox) and MOON - a digital design studio.

we created a hybrid system (choreographic/digital) that enables an audience
to become co-creators in a dance experiment. using a custom web app, they
share stories that become the source material for what happens on stage.
using a combination of improvisation, choreographic processes and google, we
guide them through the creation of movement sequences based on their stories,
soliciting their choices regarding how the movement and environment develop.
we relinquish a certain amount of control over the creative process, and -
hopefully - the audience feels engaged, educated and stimulated by what they

the project website is at http://www.pleaseswitchon.com/

one iteration of the research was a one-hour event performed simultaneously
for a studio audience, and online collaborators who were presented with the
same tools as the in-house audience. the online experience is archived at

all the best,

John Collingswood

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