dS: Domes, Awards and Radio Shows

There has been lots going on recently with danceroom Spectroscopy (dS) and as I don’t blog so often I’m going to cram all the news into one post. Firstly, the new Hidden Fields show made its debut in November at dS festival: a big event held at Brunel’s Passenger Shed within a 21 metre 360˚ projection dome. Over 4 days dS was the centrepiece of a number of workshops, lectures and performances for local schools and visitors.

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Next Laura, Phil and I travelled to Plymouth for the 2013 Media Innovation Awards where dS had been nominated for Best Installation/Exhibition/Live Event. Not only did we scoop this award but we were also delighted to win the judge’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation. This makes the fifth award this year for dS! Here’s a little snap of us at the ceremony, crying and thanking our mums.

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Last weekend we attended Jo Hyde’s  (dS composer) Seeing Sound symposium at Bath Spa University where I presented a paper on dS and in the evening we performed Hidden Fields. Since Dave’s move to Stanford I will probably be doing a few more talks on dS and Seeing Sound was a nice relaxed environment to start out. The dance acts of the evening opened with a work-in-progress showing of Unfold to Centre by Yorke Dance Project and closed with Hidden Fields. This was quite a cunning bit of programming by Jo as Unfold to Centre included visuals from 1978 by computer art pioneer Larry Cuba. This computer generated video piece called 3/78 (Objects and Transformations) is one of the earliest particle-based visual simulations to have been created, with Hidden Fields being one of the latest and most sophisticated this was a neat juxtaposition. Larry Cuba was delivering a keynote at the meeting and also attended the performance; apparently he really loved Hidden Fields, which is huge complement. Our photographer Paul Blakemore took some amazing photographs: here is a great one of Emma and Lisa with more here.

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Finally, on Saturday morning I was on Bristol Community Radio talking about dS with Andrew Parsonage, audio clip below.

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