Genova OutsideR DanceR Festival, Blind Sight, Genoa, 24 May 2016

In collaboration with the Goethe Institut of Genoa, the contemporary dance performance “Blind Sight” of the choreographer Sagi Gross and his international company GrossDanceCompany is performed at InfoMus Lab in Casa Paganini, Genoa. The spectacle is devoted to the impact that technological and social developments have on human relationships. The event brought to Casa Paganini more than 100 spectators and it got several positive outcomes in Italian papers and electronic medias.


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.

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