Friday, 22 July 2005

INTAKT Interaktionslabor, Germany

Gottelborn former coal mine, Germany
INTAKT
Internationales Interaktionslabor
18-31 July 2005

Dance and Technology is a new area in dance practice and dance academics. I have been working with Paul Verity Smith since 2002, and this summer we spend two weeks on the site of the former coal mine Gottelborn, Germany. There is a laboratory called INTAKT that is for interactive media, sound, design, digital video,telecommunications and performance.
From my understanding, our team is making a performance. I am an only dancer. But I am two: one in live and one in video projection. I in live can manipulate sound and video image through sensors on my body. but I in live is not only trying to manipulate, I need to be dancing and all the aspects needs to work together as a performance.
At the moment I have three sensors: 2 accelerometers, and an orient sensor. accelerometers can sense the acceleration of my movement and they are on my wrist and shoulder. One for orientation is on my shoulder and can sense which way I'm facing.
It is time-consuming process and I have lots of time to wait while other computer people are setting up or programming something. Working with technology needs very different approach for dancers and that is what I am interested in.
Hope we can create something interesting by the end of these two weeks!

INTAKT
Webcam in the lab

ダンスとテクノロジーというのは最近の流行でもありますが,私はかれこれ3年くらいポール・スミスという写真家兼プログラマーとテクノロジーを使うことによって新しい形態のパフォーマンスがつくれないものかといろいろやっております。この夏は2週間,ドイツはグッテルボーンというフランス,ルクセンブルクへの国境に近い小さな街にある元炭坑へ詰めて集中的にプロジェクトを行っています。ここでINTAKTというパフォーマンスとテクノロジーを研究するラボが毎年夏に2週間だけ開かれます。
ポールのチームはポールのほかにプログラマーが2人,それに私の全部で4人。パフォーマンスでは生の私が,ビデオプロジェクションの中の私を,私の身体に取り付けられたセンサーを通して操る、予定。今のところ右手首と右型に加速度を感じ取るセンサー,左肩に方方向を感じ取るセンサーを試しています。テクノロジーとのリハーサルは、コンピュータのセットアップだのプログラミングだの、と時間が多く取られ,待ち時間が長く大変です。が、ダンサーとして全く違ったアプローチで取り組まなければならないので,非常に興味深いです。この2週間の終わりまでに何か面白いものが形になると良いなと思います。

2 comments:

Hallvord said...

Why do we never see you on the webcam???

katsurabbit said...

Hi Hallvord! Yeah I know... sometimes we are outside shooting film, or sometime just the camera is facing elsewhere... You could find me if you look at the archive. Anyway I've just danced in front of camera with sensors and video projection. Hope you had chance to look at!