Proxies (In-Progress 2023-2024)
"Proxies" investigates partnered dance as a site of political and ethical inquiry on care. Dancers execute a series of constrained relational exercises ("partnering studies") while wearing custom-made sensors that capture the kinesthetic dimensions of interaction (pressure, capacitance). Dancers' data is rendered into a generative visualization that serves as a score for a live musician to investigate relationship to instrument and score (in this case, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony) "Proxies" was developed with the support of the Knight Foundation, Jacob's Pillow "Pillow Lab", and the (Meta)Lab Data Kinesthetics Symposium at the Harvard ArtLab. Creative Team: Director, Ilya Vidrin Visualization: Steven Geofrey Creative Technologist: Peter Martel Musician: Eric Seligman and Mel Hsu Dancers: Cassie Wang, Hannah Franz, Valeria Solomonoff, Elizabeth Epsen, Melissa Sherman-Bennett, Margot Aknin, and Leah Misano.