We would like to thank the artists for participating in the first rhein.tanzmedia.web (http://www.rheintanzmedia.net/) international competition for net/ dance/ performance. The entries were extraordinarily diverse in the ways in which they proposed to explore the relationship between dance and the internet or related online communication systems. This has made the experience of selecting amongst them a difficult as well as fascinating one, and the decisions we have made after one and half days of deliberation reflect this variety.
The Jury awarded 3 prizes: the rhein.tanzmedia.net Prize for production and presentation of the project, the Förderpreis der rhein land ag and a special research award of the jury. For the rhein.tanzmedia.net-Prize, we have selected the proposal of media artist Rebecca Allen with choreographers/performers Hannah Sim and Mark Steger of the performance group Osseus Labyrint. This project will comprise an interactive media art installation linked to a live performance in another location with a simultaneous presentation via the web. There were several entries proposing to work with similar ideas, but in our opinion the collaboration of Rebecca Allen and Osseus Labyrint put forward the strongest integration of the raw corporeality of live performance with remote and mediated presences in which the shifting definition of audience, viewer and/ or participant is explored.
For the Förderpreis der rhein land ag, we have selected the proposal of choreographer/researcher Ivar Hagendoorn entitled “The Fisher Account” in which the financial data that is moving continuously across the Internet is dynamically linked to a database of pre-recorded movement and movement sequences. Appropriating different forms of streaming data found on the internet to manipulate digital materials resident on a server’s hard drive is a formal strategy explored by net and media artists for some time now. However, to our knowledge the connection between dance composition and choreographic ideas and what is essentially the live (electronic) presence of the internet had not been explicitly made. To choose to do this using the flowing pattern of bits from something as rich in significance as the world’s financial markets presents a unique set of possibilities, and we look forward to seeing the realisation of this project on the web.
Although these two projects will be produced by the organisers of the competition (with a total amount of approx. 90.000,- Euro), the rhein.tanzmedia.web prize was intended to be a “competition of ideas” rather than finished productions. There were a number of interesting proposals from young artists that we felt could be more fruitfully explored in the context of ‘research’ without the expectation of final production or presentation.
Therefore the Jury argued for and was given the opportunity to confer upon Stephanie Thiersch and Micha Purucker a special award for continuing their research into “the possibilities of representations of kinaesthetic and sensuous experiences without their actual presence”. This special award of the jury has a purse of 5000,- Euro.
The jury would like to thank the organisers of the competition for their hard work and vision in setting up this opportunity to further the inter-disciplinary explorations within the field of dance overlapping with emerging technologies. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of the three projects selected for the support provided by the competition.
Prof. Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer (Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln)
Scott deLahunta (Dartington College of Arts, UK)
François Raffinot (IRCAM/Département Chorégraphique, Paris)
Gerfried Stocker (ars electronica, Linz)
Network for International Media Art and the Performing Arts
rhein.tanzmedia.net was initiated by tanz performance köln, the tanzhaus nrw, the Festivalbüro der Stadt Duisburg and the ANIMAX Multimediatheater Bonn, as a project that brings together dance, performance, media art and science. Creating a forum for regional institutions to work together allows them to focus creative resources and already existing activities in the Rhineland in order to support a collaboration project with a long term perspective.
rhein.tanzmedia.net wants to access innovative impulses and support the profile that North Rhine Westphalia already has as a “media supporting state” in the interdisciplinary arts. Along the Rhine, the network has set out to initiate and present international productions that form a bridge between the fine arts and the performing arts. This will create a forum for the discussion of new approaches while experimenting with new performance venues and artistic possibilities which present themselves through the synthesis of real/tangible and virtual presentation, changing our perception of presence and identity.
rhein.tanzmedia.net’s first step is dedicated to presenting medial productions, the second part of the project is getting rhein.tanzmedia.web into the internet. Besides the announced performances and two world premieres, further guest appearances and events such as workshops, discussion panels and exhibitions focusing on the combination of dance and media are planned.
The network is made possible by the support of the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Rheinland AG, a cultural alliance formed by the cities Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Bonn and the Landschaftsverband Rheinland.