While many dance improvisation practices focus upon qualities of presence and the importance of being ‘in the moment’, a review of these same practices reveals a lexicon that is full of terms suggestive of territories, journeys, flows, connectivities, metamorphosis and transformations. Conceived in nomadic terms as established by Rosie Braidotti, many improvisation practices evoke ‘the kind of subject who has relinquished all idea, desire, or nostalgia for fixity’. ‘This figuration’, she continues, ‘expresses the desire for an identity made of transitions, and coordinated changes’ (1994: 22).
I have bought in Nic Sandiland ( www.nicsandiland.com ) to work with me on this project.
Nic and I have begun to think through the potential of low cost senor technologies for this project. The utilization of commercially available interactive systems such as wii fit and xbox 360 seem likely options that, with some reprogramming, can work with Isadora Software, to enable the audiences body to interact with the video screen.
I a particularly interested in how the sensors help bring the viewers attention to the interiors of their bodies - through balance for instance - such that the smallest of shifts in the viewer (and on screen) can form a sensory feedback loop and generate a connection through a digital interface.
Some thoughts that seem important in terms of relational features and heightened subjectivities through this work:
re-experiencing the body....