Computational Poetics Session 3 Improvising and Using Integrate and DanceForms

Session #3 Part 1

Functional: Recorded movement warmup, earlier phrases and new gesture improvisations in Integrate system.
Technical issues of creating a work flow through unlimited movement captures has been difficult. This includes rotation of movement, turning, using low levels (i.e. crouching), with a leg extension over 90 degrees. Any unusual movements that don’t match to the skeleton’s possibilities have the same response as motion capture losing a marker (to ‘shiver’ or collapse totally). This is a large loss of precision in the data, which could sometimes be viewed as an added movement ‘style’, but this was used much in the 1990’s, and seems a bit dated to continue using.

However, between re-performing my own movement (mediated by time) and recording it into Integrate (mediated by devices) it could be mediated enough to be another dancer without me needing to try hard to make a ‘different’ dancer.

Next plans include thinking ‘editorally’: whether the current movement material should be shoe-horned into a composition (I would devise an outside structure and impose it on what I’m working on so far) or keep this as a ‘study’ where I would just label each chunk and play/show/perform them consecutively. The little chunks each have different perspectives on the same vocabulary, a common thread, so imposing a structure/ meaning/ exploratory perspective to help shape the movement ideas might be useful

While the back and forth between computational thinking and embodied thinking is still difficult, it can also be useful when shifting between generating movement material and editing it. There are so many available movements, and so many ways to perform them, that it is easy to work only from habitual places. Scuddle still provides a new perspective to work off of which helps with generation. Though after generation I’m not sure how the computer can support my process as much, because there is SO MUCH data lost in the capture/ ‘avatarization’ of the computer that I am re-interpreting everything the same way I am with Scuddle and it is cognitively a very heavy load.

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Computational Poetics Session 2 Using DanceForms and the Integrate System

Session #2:

Shifting gears between computation and embodied exploration is difficult, mainly because computation affords the ability to generate, edit or change any idea later on. This can be both useful and dangerous: it makes it easier to spit out creative ideas now, but more difficult to put deep thought and evaluation into them in the moment.

Technical issues also take a lot of time away from embodied exploration and compositional development.

** The use of memory in composition is strong, and supported by computation. It has been interesting to ‘follow’ my own video of movement from a few weeks ago and view it as a remnant of myself rather than my current self. It almost makes me play the ‘dancer’ to my former choreographer self because I don’t have the same memory of the movement. So in a way, I am already putting in the artificial intelligence experience that I would hope the computer system could someday have by just re-learning my own material in a new way.

Computational Poetics Session 5 Explorations Between System and Choreographer

Documenting choreographic process that explores computational systems as a collaborator in the creative process.

Preparation for Class Final Presentation:

  • High level effects for movement performance/ decisions – in lifeforms
  • Add ‘ghost’ or ball to illustrate weight in an avatar?
  • How to explore materials with dance – forming materials onstage in situ?

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Mainly I am exploring how to get away from body shape and more into structural decisions/ effects on top of the body shapes.
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Sometimes its necessary to just choose a direction/ decision, act on it and then re-analyze and tweak it later. Scuddle seemed like a good balance of information for movement inspiration for a body layer.

Can I find a similar way of looking at structure/ further away from body?

How to provide the right inspiration throughout the process at the right times?