The online dossier of the international think tank on “New Performance Tools: Technologies/Interactive Systems”, which was held January 25-27, 2002 at the Ohio State Univ Department of Dance, has now been published:
For your information, the first few paragraphs are appended.
Dance & Technology
Think Tank Report
“New Performance Tools: Technologies/Interactive Systems”
by Johannes Birringer and Scott deLahunta
The international Think Tank on “New Performance Tools: Technologies/Interactive Systems” was a weekend research laboratory and took place January 25-27, 2002, in Columbus, Ohio, under the umbrella of the new “Interactive Performance Series” in OSU’s Dance and Technology program. Its aim was to bring together a small group of professional artists with established practices to explore the practical and conceptual implications of working with interactive tools, instruments and computer-controlled systems within performance conditions and exhibition-installation contexts.
Organized by Johannes Birringer and Scott deLahunta as a collaboration between the Interactive Performance Series (OSU) and Writing Research Associates, the Think Tank was funded primarily by the Office of International Affairs and the Dance Department at The Ohio State University. It was originally conceived of as a follow up to “Software for Dancers: [phase one]”, a London-based action research project organised in Autumn 2001 by Writing Research Associates in collaboration with the Arts Council of England, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Random Dance Company. The London project was set up to develop concepts for new software rehearsal tools to support and augment the choreographer’s creative process. However, over time, the OSU Think Tank evolved less as an explicit follow up to the London-based project, and more as a parallel initiative in North America, with links to South America.
The Think Tank was structured as an intensive three-day research laboratory that included presentations, various discussion formats, practical working sessions and public exposures. While involving individuals at different stages in their careers, there was no separation between ‘students’ and ‘teachers’, and all learning took place in the context of peer-to-peer exchange. The international selection of invitees came from a diverse range of backgrounds: electronic music, the visual arts, dance and performance art, computer science and engineering, interactive/digital media and installation art.