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[RADICAL] PERFORMANCE & OPEN-SOURCE WEARABLE, WIRELESS BIO-TECH

HELP SUSTAIN [RADICAL] SIGNS OF LIFE
AND bring an expressive virtual world populated by corporeal sounds and generative imagery from dancers’ bodies to a wider audience.

[radical] signs of life is one of the first large-scale uses of biotechnology to integrate networked bodies and interactive dance.

Through responsive dance, [radical] signs of life externalizes the mind’s non-hierarchical distribution of thought. Music is generated from the dancers‘ muscles and blood flow via biophysical sensors that capture sound waves from the performers’ bodies. This data triggers complex neural patterns to be projected onto multiple screens as 3D imagery. As the audience interacts with the images produced, they enter into a dialogue with the dancers.

Here are a few unique highlights:

1) The project feature’s the Xth sense, a biophysical sensor that detects and captures sound waves produced at the onset of musculature contraction. It was named the “world’s most innovative new musical instrument” by Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (US, 2012).
2) We received limited funds from Harvestworks’ Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellowship to develop the wireless network & stand alone armband for the Xth Sense, enabling dancers’ the freedom of mobility. This will be the first open source, wearable, wireless  biotechnology that everybody will be able to build themselves for free, hack or buy kits.
3) We also participated in an Artistic Residency at the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Center in Montpelier, Vermont, which granted rehearsal space to develop the choreography and culminated in a work-in-progress showcase of [radical].
4) We then further developed the multi-disciplinary aspects of the project (sound, movement, imagery, set, costumes & networking) over a five day period at the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and had a two day, sold out premiere of the work. Documentation coming soon!

We’re now poised to take [radical] signs of life out into the world. But we need your support!

If you want to learn more about the project, many of the details live on our project blog here: http://radicalsignsoflife.tumblr.com/.  I can also send along more information on all the collaborators, technology employed, and conceptual ideas. Or alternately, arrange a follow up chat at your convenience. Please email me at heidijboisvert@gmail.com.

If you are able to make a contribution &/or can spread the word about the campaign, please visit our Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/13UDhqu.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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