This video was made at FACT Liverpool UK to show how the move-me.com video booth works. Thanks to the students at LIPA for their cooperation and dances.
The award winning Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes have been collaborating on single screen video dance works and web-dances at hyperchoreography.org, for over 15 years , but the project MOVE-ME.com collaborating with Ricochet, combines their individual interests in dance and interactive installations and took them in a new direction with significant international success.
Dreamed up in 2004 over a plate of pasta in their Scottish Highland home, the move-me project took 2 years to finance and develop and was officially launched at the ICA in London 16th February 2006 before starting on a year long tour of the UK.
The move-me booth is a special video booth touring to theatre foyers, festival venues, arts centres, galleries, universities and dance agencies. Enter the move-me booth, follow instructions by some of the world's most innovative and exciting dance-makers - Rafael Bonachela, Nigel Charnock, Jonzi D, Shobana Jeyasingh, New Art Club, Stephen Petronio, Kirstie Simson and Deborah Hay - and create your own video dance for free. After your visit, you can go to move-me.com to find your dance on the website, see other people's dances in the ever expanding database. Register on the site, store your favourites and vote for them if you want.
Move-me is co-produced by Ricochet Dance Productions and Goat Media, from the original idea by Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson. It is an Arts Council England Capture4 commission, sponsored by Calumet Photographic and co-funded by Scottish Arts Council Lottery Funds, the Moose Foundation, Alt-W, New Media Scotland and Sadlers Wells.
The move-me.com site has had over 150,000 visitors since February 2006 who have viewed over 350,000 video clips. The booth tour visited 35 venues in the UK and Holland to April 2008 including Sadler’s Wells London in September 2006. The booth has been in Australia and New Zealand during the summer of 2008. Check the site for touring details. Over 10,000 people have entered the booth to try it out and 2000 completed video clips have been recorded and are on the website.
Amongst many accolades and press reviews move-me.com has been nominated for a 2007 Webby webbyawards.com and received the prestigious FWA site of the day award thefwa.com/ Netscape cool site of the day channels.netscape.com/ Design Taxi site of the day designtaxi.com, Internet tiny award internettinyawards.com/, American design award americandesignawards.com/, Website design awards websitedesignawards.com/. The move-me.com website has featured at new media arts festival FILE 2006 Sao Paulo, Brasil ,It has had features in BBC newsnight review, BBC R4 Front Row, BBC Radio Scotland, Canal Plus, Yahoo! TV, Times, Metro, Scotsman and has been previewed as pick of the week in Guardian listings and Telegraph. It has been featured in the Sydney morning Herald, The Age in Melbourne, and Classic fm ABC.
The aim of the project was to expose people to contemporary choreographic practise, (Democratising contemporary dance and revealing choreographic process has been at the heart of the artists’ collaborative work for the past ten years ) Move-me gives people a chance to be creative, engage with audiences and create an expanding database of short original video dances made by people of all ages and backgrounds from as many locations as possible. It also is an antidote to high production values in screen dance productions providing a narrow guage format to challenge peoples exploration of the frame within the confines of a small space.
Can untrained members of the public be guided by professional choreographers to make an interesting video dance work? Will their recordings be more interesting than trained dancers? What will the accumulative affect be of seeing hundreds of different people from different locations doing the same dances in slightly different ways especially when that spreads out internationally?
The booth software and website have been designed to be adaptable to take new choreographer content and subtitles. Future international touring partners are planning to add their own local choreographers. For McPherson and Fildes as artists this is where the really interesting aspect of the work will be revealed in the geographic differences in human physical and spacial exploration.