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 in movement scores and structures 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 support a sustainable collaborative practice among its participants encouraging ongoing exchange in a growing artistic research community.
How are they organised?
The CCLs are organised as peer-to-peer events, with each lab starting out by finding the right set of partners and hosts, a date and location. Once this is set, a call is sent out asking for applications including some background and a project proposal. This helps to ensure the right balance and mix of participants and what they bring to the lab. 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, 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!
Mainz – Between Us #1 – September 2018
This CCL will be one of two that will happen in the framework of the interdisciplinary project Between Us, a one year collaboration of Motion Bank (Hochschule Mainz), the art gallery Kunsthalle Mainz and the dance ensemble tanzmainz (Staatstheater Mainz) funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. The project brings together dance, fine arts and research in order to explore issues arising from the exchange of knowledge between genres. The cooperative venture will be based on a piece by Finnish choreographer Taneli Törmä which, as well as being digitally documented via video recording, annotation and motion capture, will serve as the principal constituent for new works by contemporary international artists.
The first ever CCL took place in Frankfurt from 26-29 November at Z Zentrum alongside and as part of the final release of the Motion Bank research project. Twenty-five artists from Europe, UK and USA took part in the lab, and in addition to creative coding, a wide range of artistic backgrounds including visual and media arts, filmmaking, music, architecture and choreography could be claimed by the group.
The participants: Emanuel Andel, Marvin Bratke, David Brüll, Rodrigo Carvalho, Gyorgyi Galik, Rita Gobi, Alexander Graf, Alexander Grasser, Johannes Helberger, Raphael Hillebrand, Sebastian Huber, Cedric Kiefer, Anton Koch, Jannis Kilian Kreft, Zach Lieberman, Christian Loclair, Andreas Müller, Gabor Papp, Antoni Rayzhekov, Marko Ritter, Felipe Sanchez, Sara De Santis, Gabriel Shalom, Johannes Timpernagel and Steven Wong
A full report can be found on the Motion Bank Documentation Website.
On the basis of the success of this first CCL, the CCL series was launched.
CCL #2 Berlin 2014 happened alongside retune conference on September 22nd - 26th. Thanks to support by HZT Berlin and Native Instruments we were able to meet at Uferstudios in Berlin with other movement hackers and practitioners to discuss and work on projects, ideas and challenges.
The week was enriched by input of members of the Motion Bank research team and network, Liz Waterhouse, Howard Katz and Marlon Barrios Solano. Their contributions were aimed to inspire and provoke with new perspectives and experiences. Find a short video impression by Mária Júdová (CCL participant) here.
The CCL culminated in a presentation at retune.14 conference on Friday 26th.
The participants: Michael Baumann, Till Bovermann, Oliver Connew, Arístides Job García, Ersin Han Ersin, Johannes Helberger & Felipe Sanchez (Kling Klang Klong), Amelie Hinrichsen, Maria Judova, Anton Koch, Markéta Kuttnerová, Alessandra Leone & Hen (StratoFyzika), Mark Matthes, Lea Pischke, Antony Rayzhekov, Marko Ritter, Nick Rothwell, Joshua Rutter, Stavros Skouras, Bela Usabaev, Simon Weckert, Wooguru.
Deakin Motion.Lab Melbourne 2015
The 3rd Motion Bank/ Choreographic Coding Lab took place from 7-11 April 2015 in collaboration with and at the Deakin Motion.Lab.
The Motion.Lab is a movement, art and technology research centre based at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus in Melbourne that includes a permanent facility fully equipped and purpose designed for 3D motion capture. For the Deakin Motion.Lab CCL, an installation of Piecemeta (in development since the first CCL) / Piecemaker will integrate this high-end 3D motion capture data with the CCL approach to working with dance related datasets.
The participants: Brad Hammond, Caitlyn Parry, Chris Vik, Mark Pedersen, Michael Havir, Oliver Elmers, Peter Walker, Philip Boltt, Ri Liu, Richard De Souza, Ryan McGoldrick, Steph Hutchison, Stephen Burns, Steven Kilili, Toby Knyvett, Travis Cox
NODE Forum for Digital Arts, Frankfurt 2015
This lab was down-scaled to a camp but some CCL projects were offered as workshops during the NODE15 Forum for Digital Arts, May 2015. More details here:
New York City 2015
CCL #4 took place on August 27–31 2015 in New York City in collaboration with host and partner ITP @ New York University.
The participants: Berit C. Ahlgren, Emily Beattie, Thomas K. Broderick, Eozin Che, Lisa Kori Chung, Mahe Dewan, Stream Gao, Gene Han, Naoto Hieda, JungHyun Moon, Olivia Jack, Quin Kennedy, Gene Kogan, Lajune McMillian, Javier Molina, Sergio Mora, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Lisa Parra, Oleg Pashkovsky, Craig Pickard, Daniel Pinheiro, Kate Sicchio, Caitlin Sikora, Jeremy Stewart, Kathleen Sullivan, David Wicks
And enriching (choreographic thinking input) visits from Jeanine Durning, Wally Cardona, Jon Kinzel and Silas Riener.
This event was made possible in part with support from the Dean's Office and the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research.
Los Angeles 2015
The participants: Jasmine Albuquerque, Erika Barbosa, Andrew Benson, Jono Brandel, John Brumley, Jesse Fleming, Aashish Gadani, Julieta Gil, Madeline Hollander, Kate Hollenbach, Quin Kennedy, Eddie Lee, Kate Parsons, Marco Pinter, Martin Schneider, Philip Scott, Hannah Simmons, Les Stuck, Selwa Sweidan, Wilm Thoben, Theoklitos Triantafyllidis, David Wicks, Tim Wood
And enriching (choreographic thinking input) visits from Ros Warby, Ann Carlson and Laurel Tentindo
The 6th Choreographic Coding Lab (CCL) was hosted at Colab AUT in Auckland, New Zealand from 15-19 February 2016. The participants worked in teams to develop projects over five days in an incubator workshop that explored the question of how choreographic thinking can be applied in environments extended by digital technologies. The Auckland CCL took the following questions as catalysts for experimentation: 1) What can choreography bring to the design of human-computer interfaces? 2) Can the relational thinking of the Pacific inform agency in virtual environments?
The Participants: TEAM 1 Becca Wood, Nick Mulder, Mark Schafer; TEAM 2 Kasia Pol, Russell Scoones, Kasina Campbell, Ria Paki, Olivier Jean, Puck Murphy; TEAM 3 Terri Crawford, Stuart Foster, Kasina Campbell; TEAM 4 Bruno Martelli, Ruth Gibson, Carol Brown, Alys Longley; TEAM 5 Jennifer Nikolai, Gregory Bennett, Stefan Marks, Zahra Killeen‐Chance
Organising Team: Harry Silver, Jennifer Nikolai, Carol Brown, Lisa Dreyer, Stefan Marks, Gregory Bennett, Javier Estevez, Steph Hutchison, Geof Gilson
Belo Horizonte 2016
CCL #7 took place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from 2-8 July 2016 hosted by Sesc Palladium
The archived full announcement (in English and Portuguese) is available here.
The participants: Carlos Falci, Caroline Holanda, David Francisco Rocha Leão, Graziela Andrade, Guilherme Fraga da Rocha Teixeira, Henrique Roscoe, Isis Gasparini, Ivani Santana, Lali Krotoszynski, Larissa Ferreira, Leandro Oliván, Leandro Pereira de Souza, Leonel Borges Brum, Luiz Naveda, Marcelo Padovani, Rafo Barbosa, Renata Crisóstomo, Sandro Miccoli
And enriching (choreographic thinking input) visits from Adriana Banana & Dudude Herrmann
Organising Team: Thembi Rosa Leste (CCL producer), Scott deLahunta (CCL facilitator), Christian Mio Loclair (CCL facilitator)
This CCL happened during Fiber Festival in Amsterdam, 2017.
This CCL in Nairobi and Frankfurt in 2017 happened in collaboration with Goethe Institut and NODE – Forum for Digital Arts.