What are Choreographic Coding Labs?
The "Choreographic Coding Lab" (CCL) format offers unique opportunities of exchange and collaboration for digital media ‘code savvy’ artists who have an interest in translating aspects of choreography and dance into digital form and applying choreographic thinking to their own practice. Working with patterns, structures and movement through finding, generating and applying them with results ranging from prototypes for artworks to new plug-ins for working with dance related datasets. CCLs also seek to initiate a sustainable collaborative practice among its participants encouraging ongoing exchange in an artistic research community of individuals.
How are they organised?
Each lab starts out by finding the right set of facilitators, often institutions, and a date and location. Once this is set, a call is sent out asking for applications including some background and a project proposal. These help making sure that the mix of participants and what they bring to the lab is just right. A normal sized lab would be about 25 participants and should run for about 5 days. As there is no fee each lab needs funding which should be secured before the call is made. This funding should go to the people who spend time organising the lab and things that are required.
We consider the CCLs to be an open format and are happy to help you set up your own local CCL.
Who is making the CCLs?
The "Choreographic Coding Lab" format was invented in 2013 as part of the Motion Bank research project of the Forsythe Company. Together with partners like the NODE Forum for Digital Arts we, Motion Bank, will be organising and help organise further CCLs and additionally manage this website to promote the format and the people who joined the CCL network through their participation.
As said it is an open format we would love to see other people / organisations realise their own labs in the future. If that is you, please contact us!
Join us for the next Choreographic Coding Lab alongside retune conference on September 22nd - 26th. Thanks to support by HZT Berlin we can invite you to apply for coming to Uferstudios in Berlin to meet with other movement hackers and practitioners to discuss and work on projects, ideas and challenges in a peer-to-peer setting.
The week will be enriched by lightning talks by members of the Motion Bank research team and network aimed to inspire and provoke participants with new perspectives and experiences. There is no fee for participation, but applicants are asked to propose starting points and ideas. The space and basic equipment will be provided. Collaborative teams involving choreographers/dancers interested in the Motion Bank research approach are very much encouraged to apply.
Apply for Retune 2014
Here is a direct link to the form if the iframe above feels is too clumsy.
Deakin MotionLab 2015
We are actively working on making this CCL happen in Melbourne in the first half of 2015. It is co-organised and will take place at the MotionLab. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about progress on this one.