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Technosomatic Dance Projects:
_research and creation in dance and technology

-> Project S0M_Ai

-> SOMATIC WINGS

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How are new technologies informing the way we perform and think about dance?
In our experiments we, Klaas Devos/Reach and Collabs., explore the possibilities of expanding awareness in dance through human-machine collaboration. Our artistic project investigates the impact of recent technologies on embodiment and creative processes in contemporary dance. After a successful exploration of generative dance dramaturgy in Solo For Nervous Systems, we currently explore biometric choreography in Fibers and Wings, an interactive choreographic installation that combines the outputs from two research projects that I introduce bellow.

Project S0M_Ai is a dance inspiring software based on three years of field research in somatic-based dance practices – a genre in dance that focuses on physical experiences. The goal of the project is to examine to what extent computation can unveil the hermetic and introspective nature of embodied creativity in dance. S0M_Ai functions as an interactive visual interface that allows users to automate a series of physical tasks with verbal ques. Because S0M_Ai supports real-time remediation of dance in audio-visual environments, it allows reaching out to more inclusive dance environment for visually- or hearing-impaired audience.

Somatic Wings, a biometric choreographic tool, proposes a more-than-human dance form by diving deeper into the body. The dancer wears a unique and innovative machine that producer LWT3 describes as ‘an intelligent wearable digital monitoring system’. Wings supports immediate motion-capturing through its 41 build-in infrared sensors; and simultaneously obtains 16 biometric signatures via its electro-pads. With Wings, Reach and Collabs. explores how biodata in dance (heartbeat, muscle tensions, etc.) can be a less elusive parameter in dance dramaturgy and allude to new forms of interdisciplinary composition.

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