Video of the premiere of "Phygitalide" (or in plain english Phygitalide), created during a residency at the Laboratory in Spokane (USA).
The public restitution of "Phygitalis" took place the 17 th august 2017, at the Saranac Art Project of Spokane.
Phygitalis is a Chrysalis where the Physical and the Digital realms merge. This stage space tracks the movements of its performers and generate visuals from them. For this show, Phygitalis has used the movements of tango to immerge its dancers into a new digitally augmented world. Then, a contemporary dance has been performed. To finish, the audience has been invited to play with the installation during an "open stage"
When we say it was a premiere, we could not use a more accurate word. We started working on that device from scratch three weeks before the show, when we came to participate in the Laboratory’s summer residency. We were new to most of those technologies. It’s the first time we worked with the Internet of Things. The laboratory residency gave us the possibility and all the help we needed to learn and experiment. Eventually it already enables us to think forward to several new art and entertainment devices, installations, performances and shows. Indeed, Phygitalis is not intended to work only with dance : our goal is to design a platform to help all professionals involved in performing arts working together. We hope our device allow choreographers, composers and visual artists to work together and create new pieces of performing arts in a totally collaborative way.
Video of the performance by Deirdre O'Toole
Concept, scenography and creative code : L:EDigitalab
Tango dancers : Anna Czoski and Matt Doval
Contemporary dancer: Mackenzie Fagras
Music: MulaCreativa - Tangoelectrominimo
This work made possible in part by funding from Spokane Arts' SAGA program.
Special thanks to Alan Chatham.
Phygitalide is a new approach to the digitization of space.
This creation goes against the negative perceptions of digitization and moreover digitized places. Digital tools are said to invade our lives, isolate people and control the world around us without us realizing. Novelty rightly scares people who can feel concerned about “over digitization”.
This installation aims to remind that digital is only a technology after all and which also has a great oneiric potential. Thus, Phygitalide sublimates its digitized space by materializing the movements of its performer in a sensitive, vivid and poetic way. To do so, this installation transforms the space in such a way that it reacts to the presence of the bodies. They become sensitive surfaces that control their environment. These augmented bodies become interactive instruments which shape the audiovisual evolution of the space they temporarily inhabit.
More here : ledigitalab.com