Choreographic Thinking Tools
Research objectives: (1) how we can uncover more about the kinds of intelligences (choreographic thinking) that are involved in contemporary dance making (2) how can we make this information available to choreographers in a format that is useful. The criteria for success for Choreographic Thinking Tools will be Wayne McGregor utilising these tools in the creation of our 2010 production FAR.
Jon May, Department of Pyschology, University of Plymouth. Phil Barnard, MRC, Cognition and Brain Studies Unit, Cambridge. Dr Beatriz Calvo-Merino, CNRU, City University London; rAndom International
The Choreographic Thinking Tools project was featured at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Embodied Mind Symposium in December 2008.A report of proceedings is available here
Distributed Choreographic Cognition
Research objectives: (1) to record and analyse the coordination of choreographic thought and action between choreographer and dancers during creation process; and (2) to visualise the evolution of choreographic form for the audience. This project is a collaboration between the University of California, San Diego with support provided by ArtPower! University of California San Diego and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.
David Kirsh, Interactive Cognition Lab, University of California San Diego with support provided by ArtPower! University of California San Diego and Wayne McGregor | Random DanceLA Times article, March 8 2009 - 51.11 KB
The Choreographic Language Agent
Research objectives: (1) the Choreographic Language Agent (CLA) will be an intelligent software agent that can generate unique solutions to choreographic problems to augment the dance maker's own creative decision-making processes; (2) building autonomous choreographic agents is envisioned as a means to broaden understanding of the unique blend of physical and mental processes that constitute dance and dance making.
The aspiration is to release a freeware tool for use by choreographers. This system is being developed through consideration of Wayne McGregor's creative decision-making process, and is being developed through the open source software FIELD.
CLA development was funded by Portland Green Cultural Projects, with support from a Digital Futures in Dance artists' residency.
A Wayne McGregor | Random Dance / OpenEnded Group collaboration. Marc Downie, Nick Rothwell, CASSIEL; Luke Church & Alan Blackwell, Crucible/ Computer Laboratory, Cambridge UniversityThe OpenEnded Group website CASSIEL website More about the process More about FIELD Further writing about CLA
Choreographic Objects: traces and artifacts of physical intelligence
Research objectives: To investigate the making, design, transmission and exchange of 'Choreographic Objects'. A shared project with choreographers William Forsythe, Siobhan Davies and Emio Greco|PC. Funding provided by the Beyond Text programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
James Leach and Tim Ingold, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen; Sarah Whatley, ceMAP, Coventry University; Matt Ratto, HUMIlab, Sweden.More about the project Panel discussion at Sadler's Wells