in the memory of hope

Liz Canfield, in the memory of hope, Black Mountain College Conference on John Cage, October 2011.

In this generative movement and sound performance/installation we investigate the possibility of welcoming a stranger into our fold. The sound and movement installation/performance embodies the improvisational gesture in the design of the space and in the movement that conducts a dialogue between the responsive materials and the bodies of the performers.

The dancer’s movement generates a responsive soundscore by triggering sensors arrayed under a 12 x 16’ mat.  These velocity-sensitive piezo elements send voltage signals to a MIDI controller, which plays preprogrammed sounds.  Though the movement emerges from group improvisation, the sound incorporates generative and chance aspects by blinding the performers to the instrument interfaces:  the specific placement of the sensors, and their mappings onto triggered sounds, is be determined on-site and not repeated in any rehearsal.  So the dancers’ engagement with sound is a process of chance discovery in the moment, in the space.

Performances

2013.02.23
Moving Collective, Louisville, KY
2012.08.17
Triskelion Arts Collaborations in Dance Festival, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
2011.10.08
ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 3, Asheville, NC

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