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Report on 24hr Dance Hack

 

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If one has 24hrs it doesn’t matter if technology fails at some point, as there is plenty of time to fix it. With 24hrs there is  little pressure to ‘perform’, because there enough time for ideas to emerge and things to happen. There is also a chance to get to know the people who have come together, and one can begin a conversation, continue a few hrs later and resumer the next morning over a cup of coffee. There is even enough time to take a nap, and to come back and see where things are at.

It is not surprising that the the digital community has taken a linking to this sort of working; it is communal, fun, enterprising, supportive, and low pressure.

We started at 7pm on Saturday eve and by Sunday morning there were new hacks to explore, responsive systems that could be interacted with and tested through movement, to find the strange edges where it would kick in, or drop out. It was interesting to see that the hacks would initially encourage movement and lots of it, while over time the same hacks could also be explored as to their potential to slow down and to minimise activity. The different possibilities lead to  specific and precise dialogues between technology and body(ies).

This encounter between technologists and movers seems very timely, as otherwise how will we comprehend,  explore and advance was has already become an ubiquitous feature of the everyday, the interactive screens on which we are represented.  Highly recommended.

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Transition. A Network becomes a Centre

On 31 December 2011 (at 11.59pm?) the Screendance Network ends.

I am writing to acknowledge the end of the Screendance Network and the small beginnings of the Centre for Screendance. Traces of the Network remain in the International Journal of Screendance (with Volume 2 out in early 2012), memories of the Screendance Symposium (Brighton, 4 February 2011), and a group’s desire to continue creating opportunities for artists, academics, educators and students to engage with critical dialogues about screendance’s past, present and future.

The idea of the Network was developed by Claudia Kappenberg (University of Brighton), Doug Rosenberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Katrina McPherson (formerly Dundee University). Their work included a successful bid to the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council for “Network Funding” and in May 2009 the Screendance Network officially began.

The Network’s goal was simple: to create a research forum for critical debate and publication on screendance.

The Network also aimed to foster dialogue with adjacent fields of practice and enquiry and invited scholars such as Professor Ian Christie, (Birkbeck, University of London UK), Professor Noel Carroll (Temple University, USA) and Catherine Wood, Curator (Tate Modern UK) to contribute at different stages of the project.

In December 2011 and after two years of debates and activities the Network – Claudia Kappenberg, Sarah Whatley, Doug Rosenberg Harmony Bench, Ann Cooper-Albright, Marisa Zanotti and Simon Ellis – held its final meeting, and these seven will now contribute to the work of the Centre for Screendance.

The Centre for Screendance – hosted by the University of Brighton – will in the first instance continue the Network’s aims by overseeing the publication of the International Journal of Screendance. The group will also seek funding to develop a range of additional projects that attempt to provoke screendance practitioners, researchers and curators around the world. We will look to advance debates around screendance, and welcome a range of screendance practices that might include experimental film techniques, visual arts influences, research approaches and radical choreographic thinking.

This blog will be a collection of essays, reviews, news and opinions posted by members of the Centre for Screendance and occasional guests.

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Simon Ellis
On behalf of the Screendance Centre

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