Instant Composition is the art of composing in the moment. In dance, an instant
composition is an improvised piece created by one or more dancers while performing
on stage. Composing in the moment requires a strong presence and awareness of the
dancer while reading and responding to the other dancers.
As a dancer, I love the level of expression that’s possible through improvisation
and instant composition. And, as an artist and creative technologist, I’m very much
interested in augmenting this experience by opening up the composition to musicians,
visual artists, and computer algorithms.
This installation is under development. I learn, build, and improve by doing
artistic research and I'm open to collaboration with other artists.
For this work, I’m creating an open space where real-time data of the performance
can be used instantly by one or more performers and computer algorithms to drive
interactive and/or live coded music compositions and visuals.
Performance data is collected wirelessly via sensors measuring the conditions and
occupance of the space and non-obstructive wearable sensors on the body of the
dancers measuring properties such as orientation and heartbeat. This spatial and
biometrical data can be used directly or it can be combined with other data to infer
properties such as the dancer’s emotions, Laban features, and the state of the
Distributed computing forms the basis of the installation. All sensor data is
collected and preprocessed on independent devices and is broadcasted wirelessly over
a dedicated WiFi network. Performers and computer algorithms only need access to
this network to read sensor data and participate in the composition.
All sensor data is broadcasted as OSC messages over UDP to the entire network. Any device or computer on the
network can listen for these OSC messages and process them in their own unique way.
For instance, by adding music or visuals to the performance, or by combining,
deriving, and broadcasting new data over the network.