2010, 2011



Exhibitions

White Light is a series of new dance works by Canadian Choreographer Bill James. Working with James and dancers Robert Kingsbury, and Brian Solomon I developed interactive graphics and drawing systems that respond to and are controlled by dancers movements. We work-shopped a collection of ideas during the summer 2010 and presented five new works at ArtSpace in Peterborough at the end of the process.


For each piece I explored a different method of using hacked and modified Wii controllers and custom interfaces to sense the dancers bodies. Simultaneously I developed graphical strategies that would reflect the intensity of the works. The final system involved 5 projectors, 6 wii controllers and a small network of laptops. Rob and Brian were exceptionally patient as I taped, glued and pinned sensors to them in various combinations searching for the best way to hook the power of their gestures.


The result is a collection of powerful works that were re-presented in the show Chasing Darkness, at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough.



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black lines become red when dancers enter each other's personal space




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Small sources of IR light -- invisible to the naked eye, but easily detected by Wii-Motes, enable direct tracking of each dancer. As Brain and Rob move lines appear as fading traces of their trajectories.

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Brian and then Rob emerge from their translucent shell.




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Wireless Wii-nunchucks on Brian's arms and legs provide him fine control over the complexity and scale of the spiral.




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Installing the sensor and projector rig at Market Hall.