I have had my first meeting with my supervisor, who happened to be Ryo, my teacher from last year in the module critical code. I am not sure if I still know exactly what my research question will be, in my proposal I had two possible ones:
How is digital media, such as video projections, integrated in live dance performances in the works of Wayne McGregor Dance Company?
What role does softwares, such as motion-activated systems, play in the dance performance The Measures Taken by Alexander Whitley Dance Company and does this technology attract a new kind of audience?
Wayne McGregor is well known to have a big interest in using technology in his work, both as a method of creating and in the actual performance. However, I am not sure how much he has used motion-activated systems, which I find very interesting to explore more. Alexander Whitley is called the Wayne McGregor of the next generation and I know he has been working with motion-activated systems in the work The Measures Taken from 2014 and Pattern Recognition (2016) which is on tour for the moment.
As research method I think I would both analyse how digital media has been used in a few works of the chosen dance company, or in just a single work and go deeper. I would also like to get in contact with for example Sadler’s Wells and ask how they are thinking when commissioning a work like Whitley’s Pattern Recognition and what they think using new technology (video or motion- activated systems) does to the art form.
So, my supervisor recognised that I both was interested in doing a case study of some works, but also look at the more organisational side of it. We came to a conclusion that it might be interesting to focus on Alexander Whitleys work because it is newer, and at a forefront of using motion-activated systems. Also he is touring right now with one of his pieces, Pattern Recognition, where 8 spotlights on the stagefloor can be controlled by the movements of the dancers performing. This creates an interactivity between dancers and technology.
digital artist for Pattern Recognition: Memo Akten http://www.memo.tv/pattern-recognition/ photos, video and rehearsal material
made visuals to The Measures Taken: http://marshmallowlaserfeast.com
Book about liveness: Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture Philip Auslander