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Technology, the Body, and Choreography
Free residency at Lake Studios Berlin sponsored by TroikaTronix – Mark Coniglio
We invite dance makers invested in the field of technology to apply for this special residency hosted at Lake Studios Berlin from August 10 – September 27, 2019.
We are searching for artists who consciously use elements of technology to affect the choreographic process and performance. We look for work that uses technology to expand or intervene in the body’s performative and choreographic possibilities while keeping the human body in the foreground of the work. The role of the technology should be integral to the choreographic expression: it should connect, organize or disrupt the body or bodies aesthetically, socially, or politically.
For this year’s residency, we would like to add the use of the media program Isadora developed by Mark Coniglio as part of the research used in the residency. Isadora should be used in some way either during the process to generate material and/or in the final performance work. Applicants for this purpose must not necessarily be proficient in the program but must exhibit the desire to dive into the program and explore it within the creative process.
As part of the residency, the applicant will also be given a free pass to the ISADORA WERKSTATT, which takes place in Berlin from 14 – 17 August 2019. The Werkstatt offers numerous workshops, ranging from basic skills to more advanced techniques using Isadora, as well as the chance to meet and learn from Isadora artists from around the world.
For more information on the Isadora Werkstatt and Isadora please visit: www.troikatronix.com
To apply please submit the following:
An artist statement (no more than 200 words) about how you define, perceive and work with the element of technology in your performance work.
A description (no more than 500 words) of what you would like research and develop in the residency as well as how you would envision using Isadora during the residency.
Your CV and the CVs of any collaborating artists
Supporting video and documentation material of current and/or past work
If you are selected for the residency, we will provide:
A private room and access to a shared kitchen, and bathroom in the Lake Studios Complex for one person. A second bed is available in the room.
125 hours of studio space divided between our small and large studios
Technical equipment: two beamers, stage lights, lighting console, sound system, an audio mixer, microphone, sound recorder, and a video camera to record rehearsals
A presentation of the first stage of the work (maximum 15 – 20 minutes) for feedback in our performance series Unfinished Fridays on September 27, 2019
Free entrance to the Isadora Werkstatt in Berlin (August 14 – 17, 2019) free of charge.
Two coaching sessions (two hours each) with composer, multimedia artist and creator of Isadora, Mark Coniglio.
A free perpetual license for Isadora 3 so you may continue your work after the residency
The selected resident must provide their own transportation and meals.
Lake Studios would like to thank TroikaTronix, maker of Isadora, for their generous financial support of this residency.
Please submit your applications with the official application form with the subject line
“Dance/Tech Residency 2019” by May 19, 2019 to email@example.com
We will notify all artists of the selection results by May 26, 2019.
A R C H I V E : 2016-2018
Lake Studios Berlin / Troikatronix –
“Technology, the Body, and Choreography”
2018 sponsored residency recipients:
Teoma Naccarato & John MacCallum
Teoma's Artist Statement:
In my choreography for stage and installation I probe the implicit values that inform interaction
with and appropriation of technology in artistic contexts. From surveillance cameras, to heart
rate monitors, to hand-held mirrors, I use technology to de-familiarize sensory encounters,
inviting non-normative ways of looking, listening and touching. The role of sensor technologies
in my work is not to extend or represent bodies and movement, but rather, to shape a context for
emergent encounters in which conceptions of bodies and movement are co-constituted. By using
technology to bring awareness to the act of awareness itself, the implicit perceptual priorities of
each participant in a live event become an integral aspect of the event itself. I approach
choreography with mixed media as deconstructive yet generative process, in which the
re-contextualization of technologies into an aesthetic arena raises questions about the perception
and representation of bodies and movement across disciplines.
In this residency I will continue research and development for performance experiments in which biosensors are used as an intervention in ways of looking, listening, and touching between performers, and with the public. These performance experiments may span minutes to hours, and traverse traditional to one-on-one performance, sonic/haptic/visual installation, and guided breath and listening practice. During the initial weeks of the residency I will work in the studio to devise structures for sharing, with an emphasis on tactile, sonic, and kinaesthetic encounters between performers and visitors. I am excited to engage with other residents and local artists at this stage of developing the work, so the community within the working/living quarters at Lake Studios Berlin is an ideal setting. Outside of studio hours, I will focus on the development of patches in Isadora for the live event. I have been using Isadora in my projects for the past ten years. On a choreographic and technical level, the coaching session with Mark Coniglio will be invaluable to the long-term development of my research and creation. In the later part of the residency my collaborator composer John MacCallum will join me to refine a performance experiment for sharing at Unfinished Fridays. In our ongoing collaboration, we are interested in how ‘the work’ of creation spills in and out of the studio in unexpected ways, especially when given opportunities to work close to where we live and live closely in our work. Throughout the residency I will document the process with video and audio recording, as well as photographs and writing, to share on my blog and on dance-tech.net.
My work in this residency will build on my past four years of collaborative research and creation with composer John MacCallum in our project III. III involves numerous performances, installations, workshops, residencies, and publications, in which we examine the critical appropriation of biosensors in artistic practice. Through the de- and re-contextualization of technologies such as stethoscopes and
electrocardiograms from medicine to athletics to choreography and composition, each iteration of III acts to destabilize disciplinary understandings of bodies and temporalities. This residency will be an opportunity to focus on my role within the collaboration, and to investigate emergent relationships within our interdisciplinary body of work. III began in 2014 through an Artistic Research Residency at IRCAM, and has continued through partnerships with independent and academic institutions internationally such as C-DaRE (UK), CLOUD/DansLab (NL), CNMAT (USA), Djerassi (USA), Ex-Situ (FR), Synthesis Centre/AME (USA), and Tangente Danse (CA).
Links to past work:
Lake Studios Berlin / Troikatronix –
“Technology, the Body, and Choreography”
July 2017 sponsored residency recipients:
Rodrigo Zárate Marfil – Mexico
Collaborator: Areli Moran Mayoral – Mexico
With generous support of Mark Coniglio/Troikatronix we were again able to offer a sponsored residency in July 2017.
We invited dance makers invested in the field of technology to apply. From 40 proposals we selected one collective to work at Lake Studios this summer. They were given studio time to rehearse as well as be involved in a continuous process of exchange with other artists and mentors about their work. They shared works-in-progress at the July 21th Unfinished Fridays as well as presented the final outcome of their work in the frame of the Isadora Werkstatt Uferstudios Berlin (August 12, 2017).
OPEN CALL 2017:
We are searching for artists who consciously use elements of technology to affect the choreographic process and performance. We look for work that uses technology to expand or intervene in the body’s performative and
choreographic possibilities while keeping the human body in the foreground of the work. The role of the technology should be integral to the choreographic expression: it should connect, organize or disrupt the body or bodies aesthetically, socially, or politically.
Project: Unfolded Light
Rodrigo Zárate Marfil: Concept/Sound
Collaborator: Areli Morán - Performer
Unfolded Light is a project about movement, sound, plasticity and the relation with digital control interfaces. It combines live music and dance performance with an scenographic element, inspired by Origami tessellation patterns, that can be mechanically manipulated through the performer movement, using a motor and micro controller based system.
Biography Rodrigo Zárate Marfil:
Mexican percussionist and electronic music composer. He studied Classical Percussion in Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey in Mexico, and graduated in 2015. He has made original music for a number of dancers and performers. He has been part of "Expectante",
the company directed by Areli Moran, with whom has performed in many forums inside Mexico and recently in Europe. Currently he is currently completing a Masters in Electroacoustic Composition in Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid, Spain. He releases experimental electronic music under the name Recycled Robots, since 2015.
Biography Areli Moran Mayoral:
was born in 1985 in Mexico. She refers to herself as a scenic artist and cultural manager, based in Monterrey, Mexico. Her formal education includes the Royal Academy of Dance, the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey in Mexico, and Modus Operandi in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2015 Moran formally started her company Expectante for the creation of her own dance work, as well as working for dance, theatre production, cultural management, and organizing tours for international companies such as Tentacle Tribe (Canada), Toula Limnaios (Germany) and Mestizos Crew (Monterrey). Since 2013 Areli has been an dancer for Daina Ashbee (Montreal), touring in Canadá, Mexico and Europe. Areli also develops her own work in contemporary dance and collaborates with a variety of artists in Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Her work in the form of contemporary dance, film and installations, focuses mostly on the experimentation with images to question and research identity, monstrosity, sensuality and sexuality.
Lake Studios Berlin / Troikatronix –
“Technology, the Body, and Choreography”
July 2016 sponsored residency recipients:
Jacob Niedzwiecki – Toronto, Canada
StratoFyzika Collective - Berlin
With generous support of Mark Coniglio/Troikatronix we were able to offer two sponsored residencies in July 2016.
We invited dance makers invested in the field of technology to apply. From 48 proposals we selected two artists to work at Lake Studios this summer. They were given studio time to rehearse as well as be involved in a continuous process of exchange with other artists and mentors about their work. They shared works-in-progress at the July 15th Unfinished Fridays as well as presented the final outcome of their work in the frame of the Isadora Werkstatt 2016 Media & Performance Festival at Uferstudios Berlin (July 27 – 33).
OPEN CALL 2016:
We are searching for artists who consciously use elements of technology to expand
and deepen the choreographic process. We look for work that uses technology to push
and transform the body’s performative and choreographic possibilities yet still place the
performing body into the foreground of the work. The technological components can,
but are not required to be, visible in the finished work.
Jacob Niedzwiecki - Choreography / Coding
Luke Garwood – Dancer
John Gzowski - Music
“I describe myself by roles as a choreographer, filmmaker, and programmer. My works orbit in an unstable threebody system of movement, media, and code. Every work has a slightly different flight path. I’ve explored algorithmically assisted composition, using code tools to create and coordinate intricate fugal movement; I’ve made interactive smartphonebased installations and performance works; I’ve made experimental short films using generative compositing. The main drive of my work over the last few years has been to push this threebody problem to an extreme: finding a synthesis of each of these disciplines at every stage of the process, from conception through development and into production.
My main work of the last few years has been the multipart performance “Jacqueries”. Part 1 takes the narrative format of a heist (think Ocean’s 11, or Topkapi), with audiences following characters through scenes in indoor and outdoor urban locations — rooftops, back alleys, safe houses. Our custom iPhone app plays an original score (over headphones) in sync for audience and performers, and onscreen videos allow audience members to see scenes happening elsewhere. Part 1 also includes an augmented reality solo inspired by 80s and 90s hacker movies, in which contemporary dancer Luke Garwood engages physically with animated data systems and virtual antagonists. We will be spending the residency developing a pipeline / workflow from 3D capture and 3D creation (After Effects, Maya) > translation of point data to animated mesh > display within the Vuforia AR framework to develop the full version of this AR solo for Jaqueries.”
Hen Lovely Bird, Daria Kaufman : Choreography / Movement
Alessandra Leone : Light Design
Lenka Kocisova : Sound Design
Thomas VanTa, Maximilian Weber : Creative Coding
“We want to explore the dichotomy between visibility and darkness, orbital motion and phasing, as a visual and audial aesthetic, as well as an organizing structure.”
StratoFyzika has been working till now with digital projection, generative visuals and sound linked to the body ́s movement with the use of wearable technology. In this case, we take another direction creating a kinetic environment based on responsiveness that will give audience the impression of a dynamically shifting space . As MoonFase is based on the phases of the moon and its relationship with sun, and earth, we seek a similar relationship between lights, bodies and sound. In order to demonstrate this idea more clearly, we research the use of sensor technology to trigger each element. Which sensors and how they are built into the performance will be determined based on research findings during our upcoming residency in May at Cultivamus Cultura and at Lake Studios in July.
Some keywords and structure ideas we will use for the
creation of each component:
28 Phrases (recognizable patterns, looped and varied) based on specific body parts.
Variation, employing speed, levels, retrograding, phasing and polyrhythm.
Under two light sources a Phrase is begun by one mover and finished by the other.
The phrases presented with flashing lights
(so the viewer only catching glimpses of phrases)
www.stratofyzika.com - Company website
TroikaTronix sponsored Lake Studio Residents for July 2016 performed their work @ Uferstudios Studio 1 as part of the Isadora Werkstatt 2016:
July 28 @ 19:30: Jacob Niedwziecki - "Jaqueries (excerpts)"
July 28 @ 19:30 & July 29 @ 20h: StratoFyzika Collective - "Phi"
also on the program:
July 29 & 30 @ 20h: "Left I - Right I"by Marcela Giesche & Sonya Levin