SEAM2010 Agency and Action

SEAM: Somatic Embodiment, Agency & Mediation in Digital Mediated Environments.

Critical Path (Director, Margie Medlin) and University of Western Sydney (Dr. Garth Paine) present SEAM 2010 Agency and Action.

SEAM 2010 follows on from the success of the inaugural SEAM 2009, and promises the same intriguing mix of artistic and academic research and presentations, crossing disciplines and offering a smorgasboard of performances, exhibitions, forums, workshops, laboratories, papers and presentations to specialist researchers and the general public alike.

Underpinning SEAM 2010 is groundbreaking academic and practitioner-based research occurring at the VIPRe Lab (Virtual Interactive Performance Research Environment), at the University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University and Critical Path as well as ongoing research from around the world.  In 2010, SEAM will establish a number of experimental environments to investigate and record the relationship between performer and audience and how notions of agency, embodiment and mediation are altered by interactive technologies. The notion of performance embodied in a myriad of forms made available through the most current technological advances will be thoroughly scrutinized.

The primary focus for SEAM 2010 is to provide a resource rich, stimulating environment for local dancers and choreographers and media artists to interact with local and international leaders in the field of interactive technologies and allied arts disciplines. We want dancers and choreographers to take away with them a raft of new tools, new knowledge, philosophical and performance frameworks, contacts and possible future partnerships in the creation of new or more profound directions within their contemporary choreographic practice.

For further information on SEAM 2010 events, click through the program of events on the left hand menu.

For more information on Critical Path, go to the Critical Path website.

via SEAM2010 Agency and Action: ABOUT SEAM 2010.

DanceLive | Aberdeen’s contemporary dance and live music Festival

InTensions & Bodytext

Collaborative works by: Simon Biggs, Sue Hawksley, Garth Paine


Bodytext is a performance work which uses speech, movement and the body, to question and offer insight into the relations between movement, agency, representation and language.

Using real-time motion capture, voice recognition and interpretive language systems, the dancer’s movement and speech are acquired and remediated within the performance space. The dancer’s acquired speech is re-written within a projected digital display, the text animated by and re-presenting the performer’s gestures. The performer can, through their movements, cause texts to interact and recombine with one another, changing their grammatical composition in the projection.

Visual Artist: Simon Biggs

Choreographer/performer: Sue Hawksley

Sound Artist: Garth Paine

Bodytext was completed through an artists’ residency at the Bundanon Trust (Australia) and a subsequent collaborative residency with sound artist Garth Paine at the Virtual Interactive Performance Research Environment (VIPRe) Lab at the University of Western Sydney.



Date: Saturday 16th October

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Woodend Barn, Banchory

Cost: £9 / £7


via DanceLive | Aberdeen’s contemporary dance and live music Festival.

Bio Music; Maxime Rioux and Andrew Brouse

Bio Music; Maxime Rioux and Andrew Brouse

This collaboration between Maxime De La Rochefoucault (Automates Ki) and Andrew Brouse titled “Bio Music. The piece was performed at the (SAT) Society for Arts and Technology for the pure data convention last year. The build up to the performance was intense as Brouse attached bio/sensors to this freshly shaved head, which seems to take 30mins. Behind him a selection of Maxime’s robotic instruments and a large piece of hardware that i guessed did the brain wave processing. The piece started with Brouse – eyes closed and breathing deeply, then one by one the robotic instruments began to play, building up to the point where all the instruments were playing together.

A re-interpretation of Alvin Lucier’s famous sound piece for human brainwaves “Music for Solo Performer”. This interpretation was done directly from the poetic score, never having heard or seen the original music performance. Brainwave performer: Andrew Brouse Audification by Automates Ki: Maxime Rioux Video Production: César Saez Inspiration: Alvin Lucier

Shimmer Small Wireless Sensor Platform

Interesting new sensing platform which looks great for bio-sensing

Shimmer Small Wireless Sensor Platform Designed to Support Wearable Applications
Wireless Sensors have progressed in recent years due to the development of micro electromechanical MEM technology. However, traditional constraints such as size, weight, reliable wireless communication and power consumption are issues that wireless sensors must contend with. Shimmer provides and extensible platform that allows you to overcome traditional hardware and software constraints through the following features:

Very low power consumption
Soft power switching
Small form factor: 50mm x 25mm x 12.5mm
Light weight: 15 grams
Readily connects via Bluetooth or 802.15.4 radio
Platform Features

Compact Form Factor, Light & Wearable Weight: 15 Grams, Volume: 50mm x 25mm x 12.5mm
Wireless communications via Bluetooth and 802.15.4 WML-C46A, CC2420
Offline Data Capture Micro SD Card Storage 2 Gigabytes
SD data bypass 8MHz MSP430 CPU 10Kbyte RAM, 48Kbyte Flash, 8 Channels of 12 bit A/D
Open Platform, driven by TinyOS
Internal and external connectors for expansion
Includes simple serial command interface for Bluetooth
Integrated TCP/IP stack for 802.15.4
Integrated 3-axis MEMs accelerometer with selectable range
Integrated tilt / vibration sensor
Integrated Li-ion battery mgmt.
Supported by BioMOBIUS graphical software platform

Available as add-on extension boards and accessories

Kinematics sensing Designed for motion capture applications. The design uses a pair of dual-axis gyroscopes.
3 Lead Micro-power electrocardiograph ECG Utilised for the capturing of ECG data
2 Lead Micro-power electromyograph EMG Utilised for evaluating and recording the activation signal of muscles
Passive Infra Red –
USB dual UART programming dock for programming and applications where wired serial communication are desirable. Also acts as a single SHIMMER charger
SHIMMER Charger dock battery charger cradle that can charge 6 SHIMMERs simultaneously
Analog Breakout board to thru-holes for rapid prototyping enables multiple analog signals to be plugged into SHIMMER.