Creative Coding, Software Design
Hexagram Production Studio, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 2015.
No Distance deals with the actual, metaphorical, emotional and social distances, intervals and measurements in the realm of factual and lived perception. Collaborating with performer Maria Kefirova and dramaturgy consultant Miguel Angel Melgares, we are investigating the use of semantics and their sound qualities as an integral part of the performance context.
Kefirova produced several texts as part of the performance and we are using the cluster analysis system that I have developed to further elaborate these texts. The results of the analysis are not only acoustically displayed in the performance space, but also, as Kefirova stated during our rehearsal times, inform the quality and intention of her movements, forming a crucial part of the ethico-aesthetics of the performance.
The software generates a semantic cluster around the word distance and the body searches to disrupt its natural patterns of movement following the notions of the cluster. For example, talking about distance, words like gravity, divorce and diversity come into the performance space, allowing access to multiple supplementary layers that enhance our understanding of the event, shifting our momentary perception of distance.
This is a work in progress and the documentation presented here is from our open rehearsal that took place on the 16th and 17th of February at Concordia’s Hexagram Video Production Studio.
Position: System Developer, System Design, Sensors, Sound
Choreographer/ Performer: Maria Kefirova
Scenography: Miguel Angel Melgares