Lake Studios Berlin: 6 week Dance-tech AIR Residency
16 July - 30 August 2014
For six weeks Danish/South African dance on film specialist, for screen, AR and the internet, Jeannette Ginslov, will research and explore the notion of: P(AR)ticipate: a body of experience/a body of work. Ginslov will research the connections between her past and present, the 'real' and the remembered, the virtual and the archived and how it may be accessed by screendance, the internet and the augmented reality app Aurasma.
The research will culminate in a live solo performance that asks the viewer to participate with their smart mobile devices to uncover the layers of archived video material, personal stories and political memory. In addition the viewer will experience empathic responses in the exploration of these narratives, and at the same time reveal the instability of personal memory, its state of flux and temporality. Ginslov's research asks and tests how memory is stored in the body and how it may be retrieved by new media tools and audience engagement.
The performance, 30 August, invites the audience to P(AR)ticipate virtually in Jeannette Ginslov's personal memories of living in an Apartheid and Democratic South Africa, the POV of the "other-other", as well as documentary footage of her dance archive, that begins 1998 and is still ongoing, by using the AR app Aurasma on your smart mobile device.
The app is triggered by markers tagged on Ginslov's moving body and as you scan your device very close to the markers on her body, you and the dancer connect, pause or move slowly together, as the video plays. There could up to 5 viewers doing so at once thereby allowing the viewer to become part of the choreography and performance of memory, presence and porous materialities.
In this way the work is a dialogue, a contact mediation, where both dancer and viewer are aware of the connection point and its ephemerality. The work emphasizes time, history, real, virtual and digital materiality as well as memory that is contained in certain parts of the body. It is immersive and disrupts usual performance-audience dynamics.The tags are like wormholes used to uncover memories and experiences stored in the body and so the the performative work becomes a "visceral seepage", oozing from the dancer's body and rendered into haptic, empathic and visceral connections between dance and viewer.
Ginslov will also run three workshops leading up to this performance:
Screendance Workshop 01 23 August 10h to 18h
Dance and Choreography for Camera/Dance with for by Camera
Screendance Workshop 02 24 August - 10h to 18h
60seconds dance films - shoot, edit & upload, for screen and internet
Screendance & AR Workshop 30 August 10h to 18h
Create a screendance AR journey of choreographies
Workshop Requirements: Small video handy-cam or phone with a camera and a laptop with editing software if possible.
For the Performance and Workshop you will need to download Aurasma onto your Android or Apple device from the App Store. Once downloaded you can search for the P(AR)ticipate Channel and follow it. For more details see Aurasma: http://www.aurasma.com/ . You will be assisted at the performance in doing this and will be able to use an iOS device if you do not have one.
Cost per Workshop: €60 Additional Workshop: €50
Lake Studios Berlin, Scharnweberstrasse 27
12587, Berlin – Friedrichshagen
T: +49 (0) 30 – 9900 – 9814
Visit Jeannette Ginslov's Website for her portfolio of work