Read more about the project on the DU/ Middlesex ResCen website here.
In June 2017 we presented current and ongoing research at MOCO 17: 4th International conference on movement and computing. Ongoing research is supported by: South East Dance, Middlesex ResCen Network, Dance Umbrella, Siobhan Davies Dance, Goldsmiths.
screensaver series is a work-in-progress performance installation involving four dancers, a choreographer, and a musician/coder. Relationships between movement—physical, virtual and abstract—and technology are the subject of research. We propose screensaver as an intervention to raise philosophical questions and challenge assumptions about how movement research can be framed within/ alongside technological contexts.
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, Pola Art Foundation through research grant funds allocated by Naoto Hieda for participation in Choreographic Coding Lab in Amsterdam..
Dance: Elisa Vassena, Louise Tanoto, Stella Papi, Stephanie McMann, Vanessa Abreu & Janine Harrington
Sound: Jamie Forth
Light: Lucy Hansom
Words: Janine Harrington
Production: Kat Bridge
Thanks to: Charlie Ashwell, Es Morgan & Erik Nevin for development through previous iterations.
Image: Kat Bridge
Text video works shown at BDF, October 2018
Image: Andrew Lang
screensaver material processing at Choreographic Coding Lab in collaboration with Erik Axel Eggeling
The screensaver project began in 2016 with a scratch production for Trip Space, London with sound from Jamie Forth. Since then it has been developed as a gallery installation performed at Blain Southern Gallery, London and Villa Empain, Brussels as part of the exhibition Decor curated by Asad Raza, Tino Sehgal and Dorothea Von Hantelmann. Recently I took the project to the Choreographic Coding Lab in Amsterdam and began working with Erik Axel Eggleing on a future collaboration using processing tools to work with the choreography, creating video outputs
It is an ongoing and unfolding project, which will ultimately have multiple outputs and collaborators.
The project has happened in the following contexts:
-Blain Southern gallery private event, June 2016 (gallery installation)
-Trip Space Trip the Light, May 2016 (theatre version with sound)
The screensaver series is an ongoing project exploring ideas around technology, attention and cognition. The screensavers exist as independent states/ scores for gallery, theatre and screen spaces.
With an interest in non-neurotypical cognitive experiences, screensaver attempts to emulate a “background” state in which the movement of colour and patterns are foregrounded, in between other types of demand and activity. In this respect the work will articulate a position in dialogue with what might temporally proceed and follow in a programme of theatre pieces, or in relation to the attentional dynamics in the gallery space.
The temporarily altered- “blank”-state of the early computer screen in 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. With a particular rhythmic quality of pattern change, and off-key spatiality to prevent burn-out, the lull of screensaver will be gentle and undemanding, and quietly stimulating at the same time.
screensaver for theatre was first tested at TripSpace Trip the Light Intercontinental Drifts 4 May 2016.