TECHNOLOGICAL FLESH explores the possibilities of digital dance technics as a supernatural dance experience. Inspired by the concept of post-human choreography, the project speculates on choreographic expressions of Trance culture in dance, movement and music.
TECHNOLOGICAL FLESH proposes new perspectives on how the body can transcend beyond physical boundaries and venture into the digital cosmos of virtual realities. Our choreographic exploration aims to expand the human intellect, physical and psychological capacities in Dance. And maybe we
TECHNOLOGICAL FLESH re-imagines the perception of our body and seek to provide an immersive participatory dance experience engaging with digital technologies like data visualisation, motion capturing, augmented and mixed reality.
With Technological Flesh residency, artists Choy Ka Fai and Maria Judova explored the possibilities of digital dance technics as a supernatural dance experience. Using digital technologies like data visualisation, motion capture, augmented and mixed reality, Technological Flesh aimed to re-imagines the perception of our body and sought to provide an immersive participatory dance experience. The outcome of the residency is a participatory Supernatural Dance Experience, allowing both audience and performer to interact beyond our physical sense.
The team carried out research on trance induction and sensory stimulation. The aim was to focus on the auditory, kinaesthetic and spiritual induction for both the dancer and the audience. For this purpose, Choy Ka Fai accomplished field research on rituals of Siberian Shamans going into trance. The technology partner, media department of the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf (Hochschule Düsseldorf), hosted studio experiments in the Innovation Hub - MIREVI (Mixed Reality and Visualization). With the use of motion capture technology made possible to observe the choreographic expression of trance and imagine a way of communicating or visualizing these movement data into an artistic experience. The graphic team created a 3D visual landscape to extend the experience into VR.
The aim of the project was to appropriate narratives and technologies to imagine alternative states of Living and Knowing. While seeking to provide an immersive performative experience, Choy Ka Fai and his collaborators engaged with shamanistic practices and rituals over Asia as well with digital technologies. The team brought together radical and authentic skills, experiences and expertise. In order to refrain from the recurring sense of mystification, the project created a space for authentic means of expression and encouraged critical dialogue between creators from different backgrounds as well as between the audience and the creators.
Interview with Ka Fai Choy, at CENTQUATRE-Paris, during the STARTS Residencies Days - 2020