This company provides an example of where distinctions between the terms “science” and “art” get (productively) blurry. I also thought it provided some interesting context to the Collapse collaboration we’re reading about for our next meeting.
The visiting Australian performance company, Chunky Move, works at the intersection of the physics and the physical. The image below is from their piece Glow, described as a “biotech fiction” where a dancer
slides and thrashes across a white floor, her form generates a constantly shifting digital habitat of projected light. Her smallest gestures are captured by an overhead tracking system, while interactive video technology creates motion graphics that shift in real time in response to her movement. (From a program description at EMPAC 2009)
In Connected, the piece they will perform at Duke (Reynolds Theater, Friday, October 28), their work continues to explore the “fifth dimension” of human vitality that they have uncovered working with Reuben Margolin’s already four-dimensional (i.e., “a three-dimensional object that moves in time”) sculptures.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the FHI Garage – C105, Bay 4, 1st Floor, Smith Warehouse) Chunky Move Artistic Director and Choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and Sculptor/Designer Reuben Margolin will be in conversation about the process behind their collaboration on Connected. Coffee service and light desserts will be provided.