We all managed to get together for one day during DRHA 2008, University of Cambridge, UK, 14-17 September http://www.rsd.cam.ac.uk/drha08/ . It was great to have the chance to catch up after a summer of really interesting activity on the project. Sita, Martin, Simon and myself (together with Scott Palmer from University of Leeds) were all participating in a panel that we had proposed for the conference. We presented three projects Stereobodies/Choreographic Morphologies (Martin and I) http://kato.mvc.mcc.ac.uk/rss-wiki/SAGE/StereoBodies , Projecting Performance (Sita and Scott) http://www.leeds.ac.uk/paci/projectingperformance/home.html and e-Dance (Simon and I). The focus of the panel that brought the three projects together, was concerned with the role/function/construction of ‘interfaces’ in dance. The panel abstract summarised the dicussion as follows;
“This panel will discuss visual communication interfaces in dance performance environments through the frames of three current/recent projects. These projects use digital technologies to facilitate non-co-located performances, either between dancers at different sites or between on-stage dancers and off-stage operators. The three projects offer intersecting yet distinct perspectives on this process. The panel will question how such interfaces are experienced by th performers, how they can be approached as choreographic environments, and how they affect the rpocess of viewing. In an art form that prioritises physicality and embodied knowledge, how do dancers negotiate their performances with remote partners via digital interfaces? how might such interfaces redefine choreographic understandings of embodied spatio-temporal relationships? How might spectators engage differently with performances that exist in their entirety only at the boundary of the digital interface?”
This set of presentations, together with All Hands last week served as a really good opportunity for reflection at the half way point in the project. We also had the chance to have some good discussions about where we are heading. The next ‘Project Sandpit’ will take place on 9-10 October in Manchester. So that will give us the space to map out the next few months activity and chart the direction for developments with Compendium/Cohere.