Univesité Rennes 2
DATE 08-02-2023 DURÉE 01:02:05 GENRE Conférence PUBLIC Tous publics DISCIPLINE Architecture et art du paysage, Arts visuels et plastiques, Histoire de l'art, Cinéma, Danse, Musique, Théâtre, Informatique appliquée Producteur Université Rennes 2


Software for dancers

Scott deLahunta, University of Coventry (UK)

Piecemaker was a video annotation software used by The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt from 2007-2013 to aid the ensemble in recalling material they were working on in the studio in the context of choreographic creation.

Most of the annotations were made live, with a static camera, while creative work was happening. These recordings were never intended to be made public. In 2010, the Motion Bank project took on the task of developing this software for wider public use in the dance community. Since then, different versions have been made and used for several projects. This development has been supported with research funding from various sources, and the software is now completely open source. Crucially, the focus has remained on making a digital (documentation) tool that is usable and useful for dance practitioners, both artists and educators.

This focus will form the core of this talk, including insights into methods into language-use gained from the Motion Bank research. I will reflect on the nature of dance processes and knowledge to address some critical questions that come up in the context of developing usable and useful software for dancers. I will lightly trace a history of this from the multimedia 1990s to the current data-driven and AI preoccupied present, and speculate on what this might mean for the understanding and valuing of bodily practices.

Scott deLahunta is Professor of Dance, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University and co-Director of Motion Bank, hosted by Hochschule Mainz University of Applied Sciences. His research seeks to deepen and apply the understanding of dance as a skilful bodily practice. This builds on over a decade of working within contemporary dance companies as research director and facilitator. Since 2010, he has held a research position at Coventry University and assisted in setting up the Centre for Dance Research in 2015.