Mark Coniglio is an award-winning artist, acknowledged pioneer of the interactive performance scene, and co-founder of Troika Ranch (troikaranch.org). His work has been seen on stages throughout America and Europe to critical and public acclaim. He has recently been nominated for the World Technology Award 2012, and has received a both a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award and a prize at Prix Ars Electronica. He is also the creator of Isadora (troikatronix.com/), a software tool that facilitates the creation of interactive performance. Isadora has been used an essential creative tool by thousands of artists worldwide.
Media artist, composer and programmer Mark Coniglio will present an artist talk that combines an overview of the history of interactive/media-intensive performance with a consideration of how to take keep this work meaningful in the future.
In this talk, Coniglio will:
* Offer a lively and critical reflection on the dance and technology/interactive performance scene that emerged in the mid-1990s, focusing on his work with Troika Ranch, the dance performance group he co-founded with choreographer Dawn Stoppiello, and Isadora – a software tool he created to allow him to realize his interactive performances.
* Trace the development of that practice into more recent times, showing how technological tools have entered the vernacular of art making practice and thus changed artistic practice in this arena
* Conclude with a series of proposals and strategies for keeping media intensive performances vital and compelling in the future
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