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Exploring ICT-enabled performer-audience communication

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ICT technologies have been recently used more and more often in the performing arts. In interactive theatre the data from the performer is used to create audiovisual context for the performance. Bio-sensors and bodily tracking technologies afford new ways for artists to engage with audiences, and for audiences to become part of the artwork. Collected data is mapped to different mediums using protocols like MIDI, OSC, DMX etc. and are used in stage lightning design, generative video design, audio-design, robotic stenography. However, many open issues remain like temporality of input, autonomy and control, and visibility of input (as discussed in “bodystorming” or movement-based interaction design).

In recently staged DEMULTIPLEXIA neurotheatre performance (opening of Bozar Electronic Arts Festival in Brussels on 14th of September 2017), School of Digital Technologies team for the first time explored the ideas of neurochoreography, where apart from movement expression, dancers now also have an additional expression channel based on their physiological state. We define neurochoreography as “combining emotional and physical movement patterns to use these as a control signal for a Brain-Computer-Interface”. In a broader context, neurochoreography is a cornerstone in spectator and performer relationship. This relationship is a complex combination of audience engagement, intellectual challenges and manipulation with human instincts. The performance ends ideally with the culmination – the spectators’ catharsis – but what happens inside of the spectator and the performer during the show is still a “theatre miracle”. From where the performer-audience data-flow begins? How the data transforms from one state to another, especially, in art context? Ultimately, the new ICT-based neurochoreographic tools can tap into subconscious expression and change the way how we perceive contemporary dance.

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