[dance-tech] UKIYO 2 [Moveable World] / workshop and tour

  • From: "Johannes Birringer" <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 16:20:39 +0100

The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance and DAP-Lab at
School of the Arts, Brunel University (West London) announce:

Ukiyo 2
[Moveable World]

June 1 - June 6
Antonin Artaud Studio 101, Brunel University, Cleveland Rd., West London

After two labs at Brunel University (May 2009) and Keio University (December 
2009), the forthcoming one is the third cross-cultural UKIYO workshop in 
performance, design and network technologies featuring artists and researchers 
from the DAP-Lab and Japanese partners from Keio University and Maison d'Artaud 

The project involves collaborative research experimentation conjoining 
artistic, technological and scientific disciplines. Based on a design libretto 
for the composition of a mixed reality installation -  Ukiyo  [Moveable World]- 
 the workshop develops performance concepts for linking physical performance 
spaces with virtual spaces/Second Life and a diverse range of innovative 
wearable design and programming, including:

- choreographies with interactional design and audio processing
- design for wearable garments and audiophonics 
- photographic/videographic image composition for interactional performance
- scenographic concepts for real time processes in networked virtual 
   (telematic and Second Life)
- avatar performance and animation
- programming of mixed reality environments
- analysis of sensory processing, polyphonics,  and multimodal perception

The workshop takes place every day from 14:oo to 21:3o in Antonin Artaud Studio 
101. Interested observers are welcome.  

The UKIYO project will be concluded in June 2010 with the ensemble touring 
Slovenia, with public exhibitions of UKIYO 2 and a workshop held at KIBLA in 
Maribor.  In November/December  2010, the new production and wearable designs 
is projected for its London premiere, with the expected participation of Yoko 
Higashino and Baby Q Contemporary Dance Company. 

Interested institutions and Art Centers can contact us about residencies and 

A mixed reality installation fusing dance, sound, design and digital projections

European première:   Friday, June 8, 2o:oo 
KIBLA Media Art Center / Maribor, Slovenia

dap-lab / dans sans joux

Conceived and directed by Johannes Birringer, the installation features 
audiophonic fashion design concepts and wearables by Michèle Danjoux, and 
choreography by Katsura Isobe, Helenna Ren, Anne-Laure Misme, Yiorgos Bakalos 
and Olu Taiwo; choreography on screen by Biyo Kikuchi, Kayoko Tokumitsu, Yumi 
Sagara, and Jun Makime; photography and  digital designs by  Paul Verity Smith 
and  Doros Polydorou; original music composed by Oded Ben-Tal, with live music 
composed and performed by Caroline Wilkins and digital sound and sensor 
interfaces by Sandy Finlayson. Scenography & lighting by Johannes Birringer.

"Ukiyo" explores the layers of perceptions in an audiovisual world that 
constantly shifts and fragments; the audience is invited to move in and around 
the space which features one of five hanamichi (runways) and several projection 
screens for the virtual world graphics. The dancers perform simultaneously with 
digital objects that are projected. The music and visual choreography for 
"Ukiyo" are designed for real-time gestural  interaction to animate the 
feedback system and generative algorithms through with the virtual space and 
the performer movements are intertwined.

"Ukiyo" is performed by an international ensemble of performers from the 
DAP-Lab whose work developed in collaboration with digital artists in Tokyo as 
part of a cross-cultural research venture in virtual environments directed by 
Birringer (director of DAP-Lab, and Center for Digital Performance, Brunel 
University, School of Arts) and co-coordinated by Yukihiko Yoshida (Keio 
University, Tokyo). The Second Life graphical interface and avatar choreography 
was designed and developed by Takeshi Kabata, Yukihito Obara and Ruby Rumiko 
Bessho. Additional engineering by Eng Tat Khoo (Keio-NUS CUTE Center & Mixed 
Reality Lab).
Website: http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/uikyo.html
For further information, call +44 (0)1895 267 343 
Or email:  Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk

This project is supported by a PMi2/connect British Council research cooperation
Award, a grant by The Japan Foundation, and The Centre for Contemporary and 
Digital Performance at Brunel University

Johannes Birringer
director, DAP Lab
School of Arts  Brunel University
West London  UB8 3PH   UK

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