Dance Technology and Circulations of the Social [us Cambridge, MA]

SLIPPAGE: Performance | Culture | Technology, MIT Program in Comparative Media Studies and MIT Music and Theater Arts present Dance Technology and Circulations of the Social, Version 2.0 :: April 21-23, 2011 :: Media Lab, 6th Floor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 25 Carleton Street, Cambridge, MA :: free and open to the public.

What is dance technology? What are its international implications and applications? How are artists, researchers, audiences, and game players engaged in experimentations in motion capture, digital film production, or live performance that place dance and other stylized forms of movement at the center of inquiry? And how do technologies of dance circulate changing concepts of the social?

Part of the MIT 150th Festival of Art, Science, and Technology, this symposium will address these questions with a wide range of presentations by an international cohort of researchers. In presentations and demonstrations, concepts of social media, emergent technology, embodiment and dance will be explored over two-and-a-half days.

Convened by MIT Professor of Music and Theater Arts Thomas F. DeFrantz and Harmony Bench, Assistant Professor of Dance at the Ohio State University, the event intends to jump-start a conversation about dance and technology long overdue in the United States. According to DeFrantz, “Dance technology is a recognized area of inquiry in many parts of the world. Here in the United States, we have had little opportunity to explore intersections of mediated and live performance, and their relationship to concepts of social exchange. This event will offer an opportunity to consider gestural computing in platforms such as the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect, alongside developments in dance archiving and film-making, YouTube video dances, and interdisciplinary performance. The symposium will stress points of race, gender, and sexuality as part of a broader consideration of how ‘the social’ operates in and around dance technology.”

The event gathers participants from the United States, the UK, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, and Sweden, each offering a broad range of approaches and articulations of dance technology.


Friday (4/22):
8:30 Coffee

9:00-11:30 Panel #1: NETWORKED Pasts and Presents

Johannes Birringer: Performance Technologies and the Social
Marlon Barrios Solano: Uncommon Trades: Embodied and Distributed Knowledge in Social Networks
Susan Kozel: Social Networking: Contra Choreography

11:45 Lunch

1:00-3:30 Panel #2: Alien Anatomies and Space-times of Elsewhere

Maria X (Maria Chatzichristodoulou): Allergic to Utopias
Jaime del Val: Metamedia Metaformance Metahuman Technologies: Undoing Anatomy in Capitalism of Affects
Chris Salter: Alien Action/Alien Agency: Choreography, Technology, and Systems of Aliveness

4:00-6:30 Panel #3: Finding New Dance Partners

Melissa Blanco Borelli: Partnering the Screen: Music Videos, Choreography, and the Social
Nick Montfort: Why Watson Can’t Dance: Attempts at On-Screen Dance in Popular Digital Media
Harmony Bench: Contagious Gestures: Communicability in the Social Sphere

Saturday (4/23):
8:30 Coffee

9:00-11:30 Panel #4: Somaticity, Intimacy, Embodiment

Simon Ellis: Dancing with Myself (v2)
Petra Kuppers: Screen Somatics: Dancing with Olimpia
Jason Farman: Movement, Progress, and Obsolescence: The Production of Social Space in Locative Media

11:45 Lunch

1:00-3:30 Panel #5: Affective Residues, Social Values

Thomas F. DeFrantz: AfroFuturist Remains
Ian Condry: Social Media, Virtual Idols and Post 3/11 Japan: a Radical Wave Recontextualizing Value, Technology, and Action
Maaike Bleeker: What if this were an Archive

3:30 Break

4:00-6:00 Open Panel

7:00 Reception | Spontaneous Performances | DANCE PARTY

Apr 19, 11:45
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