Re: algorithms and bodies

Richard Povall (
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 18:04:13 -0600

>I like what you say about the intrinsic/integral feedback relationship
>between performer (in the moment and in the movement) in the environment.
>We could perhaps begin to have a new dance theory/vocabulary that builds on
>this notion of the "feedback" (which is probably primarily a musical term,
>although also used in communication science). I think that would perhaps
>change some basic assumptions about how we see choreography or experience
>our own relationship to the stage (is your experimentation done with a
>"stage" or do you see such work in a different configuraion (as far as
>audience assumptions about performance/theatre are concerned). I have
>noticed (recently again) that grant agencies [in dance categories] refuse
>to accept proposals for installations or computer-integrated circuits.

Thanks Johannes for the nice remarks. In answer to your question about
spaces, we are primarily designing the current work for a theatrical
presentation BUT with thoughts about two different instantiations of the
work, both of which will feed into the performance itself. These are an
installation version, a but fuzzy at the moment, but certainly involving
the content developed for the piece in some way as well as some more
generalized environments, and an internet presence, which will include
opportunities for participation by visitors. A VERY RUDIMENTARY(!) version
of this site exists:


R i c h a r d P o v a l l
Assoc. Prof of Computer Music and New Media / Chair, TIMARA Dept.
MPO Box 0332 TIMARA/Studio 5
Oberlin, OH 44074-0332 USA Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Voice: +1.440.775.1016 Oberlin College
Fax: +1.440.775.8942 Oberlin, OH 44074 USA

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