John Crawford


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John Crawford is an intermedia artist, interactive performance director, technology developer and interaction designer. Intersecting software with digital media and theatrical performance, he uses computers and video to create painterly animations and motion graphics closely integrated with dance. His projects explore embodied interaction, combining processed video and digital animation with motion capture, real-time motion tracking, image processing and telepresence. He originated the Active Space concept in 1994 to describe his interactive performance systems that produce visuals and music in response to movement.

His work has been performed and exhibited across North America and in Asia, Europe and South America. He is the creator of eDance Network, an interactive public art installation, and is directing Threads & Trajectories, a series of dance films featuring the Beijing Modern Dance Company. Other recent work includes The Gravity of Revolution, a dance/media performance with CorbinDances, the dance films Galileo: Last Letters, Tubae Mundi and Angelitos Negros; the telepresence performances Songs at a Distance and Ootoo; and Urban Fabric, a series of dance/media performances in Beijing, Paris, Prague and California.

He is Associate Professor of Dance and Media Arts at University of California Irvine, where he directs the Embodied Media + Performance Technology Lab and the campus-wide Digital Arts Minor program. His course offerings include dance filmmaking, telepresence & interactive performance, motion capture, and digital media art fundamentals. As a software developer, his credits include projects for Adobe, Microsoft and other companies. As a theatre director and actor, he studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.

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