YCAM InterLab + Yoko Ando Joint Research and Development Project "Reactor for Awareness in Motion" Presentation

Date/Time :
2013-02-23 (Sat)14:00-16:00
Venue :
Studio A /
Admission :

1,000 Yen

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Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
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Presenters: YCAM InterLab, Yoko Ando, Yoshito Onishi, Satoru Higa
Demonstrator: Cyril Baldy

The evolving relationship between body and perception mediated by technology
Introducing the outcome of YCAM's Joint Research Project with Yoko Ando

Yoko Ando + YCAM InterLab "Reactor for Awareness in Motion" promotional video from YCAM on Vimeo.

With the aim of exploring new possibilities in dance and technology, YCAM, together with Yoko Ando, a leading dancer from The Forsythe Company, and software development experts from US and Japan, carried out the "Reactor for Awareness in Motion" project, focusing on the research and development of tools for dance creation. Research participants, including Ando and YCAM InterLab, will present results from the project, inviting Cyril Baldy as a guest demonstrator.

RAM: A machine that expands our notion of body movement.

Together with Yoko Ando, YCAM has been working on the "Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)" project, focusing on the research and development of tools for dance creation, since 2011. RAM is based on the idea of perceiving dance as something generated from a dialogue between bodies and the environment, stage space and other dancers, rather than pre-determined choreography. A new scheme of dance accompanying a different perception of the body emerges from this conception. Through this project, a tool has been developed that can apply a virtual environment to a dancer's body. Dancers inherently discover rules and strategies to create new dance with this tool.

RAM Dance Toolkit

The tool currently being developed uses motion capture technology to detect the movements of dancers, then converts the responses from the surrounding environment into images, sounds and vibrations. Since the environment can be programmed by the users, the application's potential is great. Once development is completed, the tool will be packaged as "RAM Dance Toolkit" and made publicly available as open source. An education program utilizing the tool is to in development as well.

Meet the cutting-edge of dance and technology: Presentation

At the end of the two-year research project, research participants will present their results. Sharing the philosophy of body and dance behind RAM, we will reflect on the process of shaping these ideas into a tool. In addition to explaining the technical aspects of the technology either motion capture, sensors and software, Cyril Baldy from The Forsythe Company will demonstrate the tool.

Organized by: Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with: Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi City Board of Education
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2012
Special support: Goethe Institut
Equipment cooperation: NAC Image Technology, Motion Analysis Corporation, Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated
Produced by: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]