Phase 01 

Narrative Report

Jeannette Ginslov Residency at Laboratorium

Dansens Hus Copenhagen

21-27 November 2011

Phase 01 Residency

AffeXity Phase 01 includes an informal internship for Jeannette Ginslov at MEDEA, Malmo University, end Sept to mid December and a Residency at the Laboratorium from the Dansens Hus Copenhagen 21-27 Nov 2011. Ginslov was invited by Prof Susan Kozel to the informal internship and obtained the residency at the Laboratorium by application. 

Phase 01 culminates on 16 December 2011 with a showing of all seven screendance videos generated at the Laboratorium. It includes a panoramic video of the MEDEA space as well as the Argon Augmented Reality browser on iPads and iPhones for the attending guests. Over four hundred academic as well as industry people are expected to attend the event at the MEDEA K3 Malmö University.

The Project – Affexity

AffeXity, a play on both ‘affect city’ and ‘a-fixity’, is an interdisciplinary collaborative social choreography project drawing together dance, visual imagery, and mobile-networked devices. It uses a free open standards augmented reality web browser called Argon running on the iPhone and iPad for the viewing of choreographies embedded in the city of Malmö, Sweden. Short screendance narratives shot in the city area are then edited, focusing on affect and corporeality, and uploaded on Argon. These are geospatially tagged onto certain locations in Malmö, which the will viewers access using Argon on mobile devices, the iPhone and/or iPad.

See AffeXity Proposal Video:

For the final launch of the AffeXity project, videos will be shot in and around Malmö for the performance and uploaded onto the Argon Browser for the viewer to download onto their mobile devices – ipads and iphones. The final AffeXity project will be launched Nov 2012. Several phases have to be undertaken in order to develop the technology and videos.

Phase One  - Shoot and edit for affect and opacity

Ginslov researched affect and the haptic together with dancer Wubkje Kuindersma during this residency. Screendance videos were shot in and around Copenhagen where the "carnivorous" was employed to explore, nudge, sniff and tease out affect and haptic moments found in locations in Copenhagen. By working with certain parameters each location brought to the dancer, movement and camera moments of affect, nuances, rhythms and temperatures. Overlays and opacity levels in the edit further amplified this.

Discussions, Research and notes JG & WK

Affect and haptic

22 November

Looking for choreographic process and parameters to find affect


1)    What affect is in the building?

2)    What tension, rhythms, frictions?

3)    What energies, vibes, sensations?

4)    Physical responses

5)    Emotional history

6)    History

7)    Ambiguities

8)    Resonances of the space

9)    Sounds

10) Smells

11) Temperatures

12) Colours

13) Textures – the architexture

14) Presences between, inside, inside the cement

15) Shapes - negative and positive

16) What are the affordances in the space?

In each location these questions were asked. The dancer WK improvised with these parameters and reflections, neither using mimicry or representational movement to capture and draw out the affect of the space that she tuned into. JG captured this with the “carnivorous camera” and amplified this in then edit.

Documented research on Affect and haptic imagery may be found in Ginslov’s article for the K3 Seminar:

Jeannette Ginslov will uncover the differences between the haptic and affect, the technological mediation and capturation of affect and the haptic in screendance, arriving at resonances, tactility, "shimmers", the ineffable and other words the capture of life forces - the camera becomes carnivorous.

Photos of Meeting in Copenhagen 25 Nov 2011

Jay Bolter, Timo Engehardt, Susan Kozel and Jeannette Ginslov

@ Architects Centre Cph DK

 Jay Bolter (left) and Timo Engelhardt (right)


Susan Kozel


Photos taken by JG November 2011 for Affexity Research

Visual imagery for the exploration of Affect and trace temperatures, resonances

 1) Icy shimmers, temperatures

2) Indexical, traces

3) Trace, shimmers, fleeting, “inbetweeness” 01

4)  Trace, shimmers, fleeting, “inbetweeness” 02

5)  Trace, shimmers, fleeting, “inbetweeness” 03

Phase 01 Timetable of Events

AFFEXITY Phase OneLaboratorium Residency 21-27 NOV 2011 WHO DESCRIPTION
DAY 01 MON 21 Nov JG Setting up of Lab – keys, alarms, space, contractJG - cameras boot up, prep tapes, files for Video Cameras PD 170, Samsung HD and iPad 2. JG making timetable and research notes for the videosJG researching for the K3 MEDEA Seminar Wed in Malmö WK & JG meeting – research area, timetable.
DAY 02 TUES 22 Nov JGWK JG Setting up of Lab & out door recceJG & WK 12.30-15:00 Shoot Day 01 – DV PAL, HD, iPadJG digitized footage and wrote paper for Seminar
DAY 03 WED 23 Nov JG, SK, TE 10-12h30 JG in Malmö. Delivered paper at MEDEA K3 Malmö University for Seminar: “Uncovering the differences between the haptic and affect”– See paper.13h30-15h00 Meeting with SK & TE & iPad with Argon try outJG edited clip #1 Carlsberg
DAY 04 THURS 24 Nov JGWK WK & JG Shoot Day 0210-14:00 In studio with the lights – WK Foot dance12.00-15.00 Edit short clip for Fri – HD, iPad
DAY 05 FRI 25 Nov JG, JB, TE & SKJG & WK 10:00 JB, SK, TE & JG meeting at Café Wilder – re: Argon and clips. Meeting about AR technologies & videos.13:00 JG & WB Shoot Day 03
DAY 06 SAT 26 Nov JG JG Digitized all footage and editedClip #2 Ghost Hands, Clip #3 Delicate Passage, Clip #4 Laughing Bells, Clip #5 Red Walls Feet, Clip #6 Red Wall Dreaming
DAY 07 27 SUN Nov JG JG finalized clips #1 to #6 with special effects. JG exported clips. JG digitized Familiar StrangerJG to upload all clips at DH on MondayJG to deliver report & keys to SP at DH
16 December MEDEA Launch event of Phase 01

The Outcomes of Phase 01 Laboratorium

These preliminary test videos used Copenhagen as a backdrop for capturing affect. All videos have been uploaded onto YouTube for easy access. They are unlisted. To view them one needs to click the link. Only those with this link may access them. All the videos below will be screened 16 December 2011, at the MEDEA end of year function. The videos listed below will be screened on a wall projection in the MEDEA Lab space.


All Videos

Directed, Shot & Edited: Jeannette Ginslov

Dancer: Wubkje Kuindersma

Videos Produced by Walking Gusto Productions © 2011



Clip #1 Carlsberg

Clip #2 Ghost Hands

Clip #3 Delicate Passage

Clip #4 Laughing Bells

Clip #5 Red Walls Feet

Clip #6 Red Wall Dreaming

Familiar Stranger – Choreography, Performance and Concept by Wubkje Kuindersma. Direction, camera and edit by Jeannette Ginslov. This was also shot this during the Laboratorium and explored affect and the haptic. It is 11:30 mins long and is a video art installation work. It will be featured at the MEDEA evening, on another monitor.



Prof Susan Kozel (currently based at Medea Collaborative Media Initiative, at Malmö University is responsible for concept, artistic direction, mixed media choreography and project management) SK

Jay David Bolter (Professor of Media and Technology, Mixed Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA) JB

Maria Engberg (Lecturer at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden) ME

Jeannette Ginslov (Independent Screen Dance Artist, Online Producer & Choreographer) JG

Karolina Rosenquist (Medea Collaborative Media Initiative, Malmö) KR

Wubkje Kuindersma (free lance dancer and choreographer based in Copenhagen) WK

Timo Engelhardt  (Masters Student Malmö University Computer Science Department: Software Design) TE

Two other students from Georgia Tech are also involved in the project:

Nachiketas Ramanujam and Sanika Mokashi will work on the AR programming in USA

A composer will be found to compose an original sound score. Andrew Spitz is a possibility. He will soon be starting a Masters in Interaction Design at CIID in Copenhagen








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