Sally Jane Norman and Kirk Woolford keynote at Digital Futures in Dance



Sally Jane Norman and Kirk Woolford will be delivering a keynote presentation on Motion in Place during the “New Technology and Choreographic Thinking” sessions at the Digital Futures in Dance conference.

Motion in Place
with Sally Jane Norman & Kirk Woolford
Friday 9th September

Human motion tracking need no longer be confined to normative lab or studio spaces, but is henceforth accommodated by systems deployed “in the field”. Motion capture platforms assembling distributed and hybrid resources are expanding the dance scene into new territories and prompting novel interdisciplinary encounters. The AHRC-funded Motion in Place Platform draws together dancers, media and sound artists and theorists, hard- and software designers, and archaeologists, to collaboratively develop technological prototypes and creative insights into the site-specific spatial and temporal layerings of movement in place.

Sally Jane Norman is a theorist (Doctorat d’état, Paris III) and practitioner, Professor of Performance Technologies and founding Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Her research on embodiment and technologies in the performing arts has involved collaborations with the Institut International de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières (Motion Capture e-Motion Capture workshop), Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam (Touch Festival and STEIM Artistic Co-Direction), and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe (EU Extended Performance project). Sally Jane launched an interdisciplinary motion capture research strand as founding Director of Culture Lab at Newcastle University (2004-09), before moving to Sussex in 2010.

Kirk Woolford is an artist/designer and software developer who works closely with digital and creative industries and has taught in Media Arts, Design, Fine Art, and Choreography programs in Germany, Holland, the US and UK. Kirk’s practice-led research has been exhibited in international venues including Shanghai eArts, ARCO Madrid, Art Cologne, P.S.1. (MoMA), Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, ISEA, and SIGGRAPH. He has collaborated on performances with Diller+Scofidio, Charleroi Danses, igloo, Susan Kozel, Frederique Flamand, Fabrizio Plessi, and others. He has worked with various forms of electromagnetic, optical, and inertial motion capture since 1995, and is currently pursuing this research as Principal Investigator on the AHRC Motion in Place Platform.