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Saturday, August 15 • 9:30am - 5:30pm
W13 Analog x Digital x Analog

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DATURA is offering an interdisciplinary workshop on improvisation and performance at ISEA 2015. The workshop is perfect for sound artists, real time media artists and movement artists seeking to expand their skills in real-time interdisciplinary performance practices. Members of the interdisciplinary performance ensemble DATURA will lead the session, with guest artist Julie Akerly from JAMovement.

Analog x Digital x Analog is a full day workshop based on interdisciplinary collaboration and improvisation used to create public performance works. This workshop is modeled on the Stramonium collaboration, the result of a multidisciplinary performance project consisting of dance, analog image processing, computers, sonic sculptures, and woodwinds.

The first phase of the workshop will focus on instrument building, including analog and digital musical instruments, analog media processing instruments, and improvisatory movement development. The second phase will deal with interdisciplinary group improvisation. We will explore the intersection of the physical, the analog and the digital spheres of experience. Our own bodies form lenses of experience, perception, cognition and disruption. In this workshop we will explore the essential role the body plays in negotiating physical habit, cultural experience and embodied sounds and images within the context of improvised performance.


Due to unavoidable circumstances, two of the founding members of DATURA will not be able to attend ISEA 2015. However, the workshop will proceed as planned led by John D. Mitchell and Julie Akerly. We will primarily focus on: DIGITAL SOUND PRODUCTION: HEARING/CODING; and MOVEMENT CREATION – EMBODIED EXPERIENCE within the broader context of interdisciplinary collaboration. We are still open to working with media makers of all types, and we ask that all participants bring the following to the workshop:

1.)       This is a practical workshop and our intention is to make work, so please bring your making equipment, as much as travel will permit. If you are a sound maker or a real-time image maker, please bring your ‘rig’ so that we can improvise together. There will be a sound system on site and a projector if needed.

2.)       We are asking everyone to bring a small object to the workshop that falls into one of three categories, either:

  1. a small personal object that has some significance to you;
  2.  a personal object that you are now finished with – something that you would either throw away or donate;
  3.  a small object that you find on your way to the workshop that morning.

1.) DIGITAL SOUND PRODUCTION: HEARING/CODING: John D. Mitchell explore performance strategies used in Stramonium, taking an agnostic approach to performance technology that favors neither digital nor analog means; neither physical nor virtual interfaces. The workshop will focus on the glitch aesthetic (a form of disruption) as it appears in live performance where digital error is desirable and accidents are encouraged. These strategies will be discussed within the context of digitally networked live performance modalities, live (free) improvisation resulting in human/ machine collaboration, and the aesthetics that emerge from these practices.

2.) MOVEMENT CREATION – EMBODIED EXPERIENCE: Julie Akerly will begin by exploring what it means to observe and embody a shared experience. Participants will become aware of the residue left in a space, discover ways to embody that residue, and learn how to create their own residue. The workshop will create a cycle of listening, interpreting, and creating. Participants will work towards developing movement scores that will later be used to collaborate with the participants working in the audio and video portions of the workshop. When merging into a collaborative environment, the participants will experience a disruption from their original expectations, and predetermined plans in their improvisational movement scores.

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Julie Akerly

Artistic Director, JAMovement
Julie Akerly is the co-director of artist residency space, [nueBOX], founder of Phoenix Dance Observer, artistic director of J.A.M. (Julie Akerly Movement), and dancer with Jordan Daniels Dance. She received an MFA in Dance and Interdisciplinary Multimedia and Performance from Arizona... Read More →
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Chris Ziegler

Professor, Arizona State University

Saturday August 15, 2015 9:30am - 5:30pm PDT
Room 4525 Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)

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