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Every-Body: Body – Webinar
As part of our Festival exhibition for Inspace- Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body, we invited 3 prominent scholars to respond to the works of pioneering design studio Universal Everything. The second response is from Dr Kate Sicchio, Kate is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology with wearable technology, live coding, and real time video systems. Kate reflected on Universal Everything’s Smart Matter. Smart Matter (2018) is a series of films that are part of the studio’s Hype Cycle work explores the relationship between technology hype and its affect upon us. Working with dancers and motion capture, an algorithm becomes a third dance partner, building a tension between actions and form.
This talk explored questions around different ways digital technologies can be used within a choreographic process. How can computational systems be used to help make a dance or even interrupt and hack a choreographic process? Can we make new dances with computers? By using systems such as live coding and machine learning, various dance compositions will be discussed.
Dr. Kate Sicchio is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology with wearable technology, live coding, and real time video systems. Her work has been shown internationally in many countries including the US, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, and the UK at venues such as PS122 (NYC), Banff New Media Institute (Canada), V&A (London), and Artisan Gallery (Hong Kong). She co-edited the book Intersecting Art and Technology in Practice: Techne/Technique/Technology (Routledge) with Dr. Camille Baker. She has given invited talks at EU Parliament, Eyeo, Resonate, Node Code, Expo ‘74 and countless universities and events across the globe. She has presented work at many conferences and symposia including CHI, ISEA, ACM Creativity and Cognition, Digital Research in Humanities and Arts, and Dance Studies Association. She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance and Media Technology at Virginia Commonwealth University.