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Digital Cultures Lab

November 28 - December 4, 2005 ............. Future Factory - Nottingham, UK

Digital technologies challenge our techniques of performance, customary perceptions of culturally embodied knowledge and sensory processing, assumptions about choreography, composition, and relations between maker, performer and audience.

The central aim of this international lab is to take stock of the evolution of contemporary dance technology, and develop a new understanding of interaction design, real-time and physical computing in the dance field through critical engagement with the consequences of interactivity and digital manipulation on living cultural traditions of dance.

Over forty of the leading practitioners in the world today working with technology- based dance forms have been invited to come to Nottingham to examine how interactive performance and other systems of technology-based creativity (in related fields ranging from engineering, robotics, biology, architecture and music to fashion and textiles) impact dance cultures and foster a new performance "transculture"


Ruth Gibson (Igloo) with mocap exoskeleton / Lali Krotoszynski's images dance online in "Entre"

How have new hybrid forms moved beyond older aesthetic conventions, and how do interactive, real time media blur distinctions between performer and user, between art, play, ritual, game and utility.

Can we speak of a contemporary aesthetics of technology based dance?


Featured artists include Jayachandran Palazhy (India) Troika Ranch (USA), kondition pluriel (Marie-Claude Poulin and Martin Kusch, Canada), Carol Brown Dances with Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (UK), Igloo (UK) Simon Biggs/Sue Hawksley (UK), Gregory Sporton (UK), Margarita Bali (Argentina), Scott deLahunta (The Netherlands), Koala Yip (Hong Kong), Lali Krotoszynski (Brasil), Jonatas Manzolli (Brasil), Yacov Sharir (USA), Hellen Sky/Company in Space (Australia), Kunihiko Matsuo (Japan), Zhen Xin (China), Wan Su (China), Ran Hyman (Canada), Marlon Barrios Solano (USA), Ghislaine Boddington (UK), Henry Daniel (Canada), Nuria Font (Spain), Igor Stromajer (Slovenia), Mine Kaylan (Turkey/UK), Aylin Kalem (Turkey), John Mitchell (USA), Philippe Baudelot (France), Armando Menicacci (Paris), Paul Verity Smith (UK), Thecla Schiphorst (Canada), Ivani Santana (Brazil), Keith Armstrong (Australia), Michèle Danjoux (UK), Sue Broadhurst (UK), Erin Manning (Canada), Chris Salter (Canada), Kirk Woolford (UK), Isabel Valverde (Portugal), Alastair Bannerman (UK), Erin Manning (Canada), Nadine Asswad (Canada), Daniela Zehnder (Switzerland), Rachel Zuanon (Brazil), Jaime del Val (Spain), et al.

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Ballettikka Internettikka (Stromajer) and Image-controlled sound nanospheres (


coordinated by Johannes Birringer (Nottingham). assistant coordinator: Isabel Valverde (Lisbon)

The programming of the lab is bottom-up and has evolved from the impetus of the group.


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Digital Cultures is supported by private-public partnerships and donations.