Screensaver Series is a kaleidoscopic performance installation involving 4-5 dancers, a choreographer, and a musician/coder. Relationships between movement—physical, virtual and abstract—and technology are the subject of research. With an interest in neurodiversity, Screensaver Series attempts to emulate a “background” state in which the movement of colour and patterns are foregrounded in between other types of demand and activity. Screen-saver mode is here imagined as a moratorium on meaning making, a pause in processing, and a space in which something else can unfold.
Read more about the project on the DU/ Middlesex ResCen website here.
Writing about the project at Rise Festival from Ian Abbott here
Supported by Dance Umbrella’s Re-Search Programme in partnership with ResCen Research Centre, Middlesex University and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Sadler's Wells, South East Dance, Trip Space, Brandwatch, Brighton Digital Festival, Trip Space and Pola Art Foundation through research grant funds allocated by Naoto Hieda for participation in Choreographic Coding Lab in Amsterdam.
Image: in performance at Dance Umbrella 2018, Andrew Lang
Dance: Elisa Vassena, Louise Tanoto, Stella Papi, Stephanie McMann, Vanessa Abreu & Janine Harrington
Sound: Jamie Forth
Light design: Lucy Hansom
Words and costume: Janine Harrington
Digital video experiments: with Erik Axel Eggeling
Dance in digital experiments: Elisa Vassena, Iris Chan, Es Morgan, Christopher Matthews, Katja Nyqvist, Pepa Ubera & Luke Birch.
Production: Kat Bridge
Thanks to: Charlie Ashwell, Es Morgan & Erik Nevin for development through previous iterations.
UK and Switzerland dates soon.
UK Dance Showcase, Poole, May 2019
Rise Festival, Findhorn, May 2019
OOPS Festival, Brighton, March 2019
Sadler’s Wells Sampled, London, Feb 2019
Dance Umbrella, London, Oct 2018
MOCO conference, London, June 2017
Décor exhibition, Villa Empain, Brussels, Jan 2017
Image by Paul Seaby. Screensaver Series at OOPS Festival 2019
The work has been performed live at: Dance Umbrella 2018 in London, Décor exhibition 2017 Villa Empain in Brussels, Movement Computing Conference at Goldsmiths 2017. Video installation format and process sharing/ artist talk presentations at: Studio 303, Montreal 2018, Future Oceans showcase, JCC Manhattan New York 2019.
Image: video installation at Brighton Digital Festival, October 2018
Digital experiments with Erik Axel Eggeling.
Screensaver Series at Villa Empain in Décor, 2017 curated by Asad Raza, Dorothea Von Hantelmann & Tino Sehgal.