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March 10, 2007

Other Stories


An Evening of Interactive Arts

Other Stories is an evening of interactive arts at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus :: 14 March, 2007 at 7pm :: The project will be streamed live.

‘Other Stories’ is a work in progress showing of a research project into motion capture, dance, and ethics. This project explores the strangeness of captured human motion. It is a live performance with two dancers in a Vicon motion capture system, the 3D computer tracking system most commonly used for creating video game avatars. Instead of building recognizable human shapes, the essence of movement is conveyed with dots, sparks, and lines, dissolving the human form but maintaining a sense of play, of pathos, and of bodies. When virtual bodies meet real bodies, which ones are the others? The stories are of grandmothers and angels, of fireflies and knitting.

The motion capture performance is a collaboration between Susan Kozel, Greg Corness, and visiting dancer/researcher Inka Valipakka; additional artistic content provided by Maia Engeli, Camille Baker, Jack Stockholm and Tamara Smyth.

The performance is supported by SFU’s President’s Research Grant and by the Academy of Finland. It is a co-production of The Escape Artists Society (TEAS) and Mesh Performance Partnerships.

Other events the same evening include:

4- 6pm: lecture by Professor Sha Xin Wei of the Topographical Media Lab, Concordia University (part of the SIAT Research Colloquium speakers’ series): room 3280

6-7pm: refreshments and undergraduate student installation projects in the campus mezzanine


How to get there: the easiest way is to take the Sky Train (Expo Line) to Surrey Central and walk 200 ft to the tall green building, SFU Surrey Campus is at the foot of the tower. For more details and driving instructions see http://www.surrey.sfu.ca/about/maps.html

Please contact Camille for more information, to request an interview, and/or to find out more about covering the event at camille[at]escapeartists.ca

The Escape Artists Society (TEAS) presents "other stories" capturing motion, telling tales, spinning yarns… (free for TEAS members showing membership). For more information on T.E.A.S. go to http://www.escapeartists.ca

Posted by jo at March 10, 2007 04:41 PM