An Unveiled Dance, Carlo Felice Opera House of Genoa, 19 May 2016

Interpretation of the expressive qualities of the gesture between the Salome of Richard Strauss and the DANCE project

A workshop in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and Carlo Felice Opera House. The research and artistic challenges related to the DANCE project were discussed with the audience: three different realisations of the same choreography were compared using the algorithms developed in the project.

The production of Salome by Richard Strauss (Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa) gives an important occasion of collaboration between Casa Paganini and the Goethe Institut. Focusing on the most renowned page of the score (der Tanz der sieben Schleier), it’s possible to find an exceptional opportunity for a joint research. This dramaturgical epicenter of the opera represents the total abdication of the power of the word, speaking the inner language of Desire as a sensuous counterpoint of sound and gesture. The choreographic interpretation of Beatrice Vollack defines a space for experimentation, the results of which will be told and shown to the public during the workshop.

Through the play of veils subtraction, the body defines and communicates its irresistible power of attraction. The music suggests a multiplicity of qualities that lead the movement to be aware of the expressive power of its progressive nakedness through the removal of the veils (and the multiplication of sounds): nudity that gestures promise, recall, deny, excite, amplify until the final moment and end of his performance (sound stagnation and immobilization of the gesture).

Three different interpretation of Beatrice Vollack on the same music (each one characterized by a coherent qualitative intention: neutral, sensual or aggressive) will be recorded, analysed and compared by the interactive systems of Casa Paganini able to automatically detect and display in real time the different qualities of her movements through different colour of her silhouette (the emotions / colours that gradually abandons the figure in its movement can offer an additional visual interpretation of the real and metaphorical scenic veils).

SIG - Special Interest Group, 2016

“Mind the Gap: A SIG on Bridging the Gap in Research on Body Sensing, Body Perception and Multisensory Feedback”, meeting at CHI 2016, San Jose, 8-12 May 2016

People's perceptions of their own body's appearance, capabilities and position are constantly updated through sensory cues that are naturally produced by their actions.
Increasingly cheap and ubiquitous sensing technology is being used with multisensory feedback in multiple HCI areas of sports, health, rehabilitation, psychology, neuroscience, arts and games to alter or enhance sensory cues to achieve many ends such as enhanced body perception and body awareness.
Designing more effective and efficient multisensory feedback re-quires an attempt to bridge the gap between these worlds.

Maastricht Jazz Festival, Emobodies performance

Jazz Festival, Emobodies, When Art Meets Science seminar, Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht, 19 March 2016

Organized by the blind pianist Bert van der Brink and the dancer and choreographer Sagi Gross, the performance exploits technologies developed in DANCE Project: four IMU sensors are used to capture the dancer movements, expressive movement detection algorithms are used to recognize the dancer’s movement quality, which then is sonified in real-time using sonification models. 
In the performance, the dancer dances his choreography with IMU sensors attached to his limbs, and the blind pianist hears the sonification of the dancer’s movements through the headphones. Thus, the audience can hear the pianist improvising to the sonification of the dancer movements. In the last stage of the performance, the audience can also hear directly sonification that is used by the pianist. 

AISC - Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences, Conference

XII annual Conference on Language, Cognition & Society, Genoa 10-12 December 2015

The DANCE Project was presented at the Conference on Language, Cognition & Society, organized by the Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences (AISC).
Were experienced several demos that focused on different full-body expressive qualities studied in DANCE Project, such as: Balance, Fluidity, or Weight.


Creation at the Nexus of Science Technology and Art

Ca’ Giustinian, 3-4 November 2015

a dialogue of Art with Science and Technology

Scheduled on Tuesday November 3rd and Wednesday November 4th, the symposium Nexus - Creation at the Nexus of Science Technology and Artis organized by La Biennale di Venezia and the Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. The historic headquarters of La Biennale (Ca’ Giustinian) will gather scholars, critics, and artists together for two days of open debate.

“Do art, science and technology glare daggers at each other or do they sometimes walk arm-in-arm? – wonders the President of La Biennale Paolo Baratta. The artist creates freely and can sometimes even create as an antagonistic reaction to various forms of progress. On the other hand, at the very moment that he brings his worlds into being, he may consider what science, progress and technology have to offer as tools and important terms of reference for his work.
A complex relationship therefore, between diverse forms of vitality and energy, which deserves to be explored and brought to light without preconceived or conformist views. There is no one more qualified to do so than people working in institutions and centres that advance technology and science, in an open discussion with artists, curators and scholars of contemporary art.”

“Innovation addresses challenges of our society by invoking our creativity –says Ralph Dum, European Commission – STARTS programme - often rethinking and changing social practices and human habits. Here, technology (and design) are concerned with the 'what', with creative solutions to identified problems. Art ( and science) consider the 'why', via questions that reflect on innovation and its limits, on society and on the human condition. So Art and innovation complement each other and yet they have been kept apart in the institutional arrangements set up in the 20th century (in particular in education). This symposium will discuss if there is sufficient reason to have them interact and mutually reinforce each other while insisting on the independence of art from any utilitarian priorities and on the creative freedom of artists.”

Art Institutions increasingly explore how the artist thinks, rejects, analyses, is inspired by or inspires Science and Technology. High-tech industries and high-profile Scientific Institutions in turn create programmes that allow them to establish a dialogue with the world of Art, and help them to better reflect on their own priorities and processes.

La Biennale di Venezia and the European Commission, which is engaged in this dialogue with its STARTS – S&T & ARTS programme (See connecting Art and Innovation, have invited the representatives of Art Institutions, the coordinators of research and development teams in Industry and in the Academic world, and artists to exchange ideas on this theme.

- What will be the impact of this dialogue on artistic creation?
- What will be the impact of this dialogue on innovation in society and industry?
- How will such a dialogue renew practices in the arts and in technology and science?

These are just some of the questions that will open the symposium, with introductory remarks by President Paolo Baratta, by Ralph Dum, European Commission – STARTS programme, and by Bice Curiger, director of the magazine Parkett and curator of the Biennale Arte 2011.

Participating in the discussion will be, among others, Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London,Gerfried Stocker, Director of Ars Electronica in Linz, Gerald Bast, Director of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna,Robert Trappl, Director of the Austrian Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Beatrice de Gelder, a neuroscientist from the University of Maastricht, Michele Bugliesi, Rector of the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice, Alejandro Aravena, architect and curator of the upcoming Biennale Architettura 2016, Aldo Cibic, architect, designer and curator of the Padiglione Venezia at the Biennale Arte 2015, and artists such as Grazia ToderiAgnieszka Kurant and Simon Denny.

The symposium is jointly funded by La Biennale, by European Commission – Directorate General CONNECT, by project DANCE (H2020 645553), and by the ERC grant 295673 of Beatrice de Gelder.

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