an interactive, multi-media performance generated from dancers' muscles and blood flow.
[RADICAL] USE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY TO INTEGRATE NETWORKED BODIES AND INTERACTIVE DANCE.
HELP US BRING TO LIFE an expressive virtual world populated by corporeal sounds and generative imagery from dancers' bodies.
ABOUT THE WORK:
Through responsive dance, [radical] signs of life externalizes the mind’s non-hierarchical distribution of thought. Music is generated from the dancers‘ muscles and blood flow via biophysical sensors that capture sound waves from the performers’ bodies. This data triggers complex neural patterns to be projected onto multiple screens as 3D imagery. As the audience interacts with the images produced, they enter into a dialogue with the dancers.
The performance is one of the first works of this scale using biotechnology to integrate networked bodies and interactive dance. It was conceived and directed by new media artist and game designer Heidi Boisvert in collaboration with an international team of artists, including Pauline Jennings (Choreographer), Doug Van Nort (Sound Designer), Allen Hahn (Set & Lighting Designer), Raven Kwok (Visual Designer), Amy Nielson (Costume Designer) and Marco Donnarumma (Sensor Designer & Developer). The project features the Xth Sense (XS), a biophysical sensor that detects and captures mechanical sound waves produced at the onset of musculature contraction. For [radical] signs of life, a wireless network and stand alone armband was custom developed for the XS by engineer MJ Caselden, and industrial designer, Krystal Persaud at Harvestworks through funds from the Rockerfeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The choreography for the hour-long performance is composed in real-time by five dancers from a shared movement database in accordance with pre-determined rules. Outfitted with two wireless sensors each, the dancers--Jennifer Mellor, Ellen Smith Ahern, Hanna Satterlee, Avi Waring and Willow Wonder--create patterns that dissolve from autonomous polyrhythms to intersecting lines as they slip through generative video and light. Van Nort also improvises original multi-channel electroacoustic music live with new interactive sound instruments based on the XS technology to sculpt a dense web of complex texture and emotion around the audience.
[radical] signs of life premiered at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in May 2013 through generous support from the Arts Department at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute along with iEAR Studios. Rehearsal Space has been granted through an Artist Residency at the Contemporary Dance & Fitness Center in Montpelier, VT.
We hope to raise at least $5,000 to fully realize the work and take it on the road.
YOUR generous contribution would be used to:
1) Fine-Tune the Xth Sense Hardware & Software to bring it to market as the first open-source, wearable, wireless biotechnology that people can build for free themselves, hack or buy in the form of kits.
2) Further Develop the Work (i.e. refine the interplay between movement, sound & imagery, evolve the interactive systems with the audience, and build upon the database of choreographed phrases).
3) Cover Continuing Production Costs (i.e. future space rental, travel, materials for reconstructing the elaborate set, documentation and advertising).
4) Provide Stipends for All the Professional Artists Involved.
AND if over & above, we'd be able to:
5) Tour the Work Internationally.
WE WOULD BE TREMENDOUSLY GRATEFUL FOR ANY & ALL DONATIONS YOU ARE MOVED TO SHARE TO HELP BRING THIS UNIQUE PERFORMANCE & OUR OPEN SOURCE TOOLS TO NEW AUDIENCES & ARTISTS.
A Special Shout Out to Yoni & Neco Turkienicz for shooting & editing the video above.
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The main risk involved in such a large-scale, multi-disciplinary vision involving emerging technology is financial sustainability. A lot of personal resources and time have already been invested in the project upfront for research and development. Now that we've mapped out a hardware and software pipeline, and will be able to integrate all the moving parts for the premiere at EMPAC, we don't want what we've created and learned from these rigorous processes to end there. We intend to take this project to other venues, and share our interactive performance tools with artists across the globe. BUT for this, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
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