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Interactive Installation "Disappering Dancer"

NYU Multimedia Event
Auditorium "E. Montale", Opera House Carlo Felice
Genova, Italy, July 19, 2003


The event was planned in the framework of the New York University's Music and Dance Program in Italy, a three week Summer School held in Genova (director of the program Esther Lamneck). The program collected artists and multimedia experts teaching courses on arts and multimedia to a selected number of students. The event consisted of an installation and a concert.

The installation  was held in the Foyer of the Auditorium and ran for about half an hour before the beginning of the concert. It then remained active until the end of the evening. The concept behind this installation may be referred to reinterpretation of the Cartesian concept of existence transposing it so that movement is considered as the primary manifestation of living being. Dancers are in the environment (the theatre Foyer) and a videoprojection shows a sort of virtual mirror: each dancer who reduce his/her movement  tends to fade away gradually from the projected images in the virtual mirror: as soon as small movements restart, the dancer tends to returns to life: he/she begins to be seen again, initially as a transparent "ghost" then more real if movement is confirmed and continuous - he/she then returns to life. Movement is thus depicted as the essence of life. Each dancer is subject to this process. The choreographer Douglas Dunn designed a choreography ad hoc for this installation.


The installation "Disppearing Dancer", photo by Matteo Ricchetti


The EyesWeb open platform was employed for both analysis and synthesis of audio and visual material. More than 150 spectators attended the event. The performance was highly appreciated both by the public and by the experts participating to the Summer School.

Click here to see the photo gallery of the Summer Program 2003 (photos by Matteo Ricchetti).


InfoMus staff involved:
Antonio Camurri, Barbara Mazzarino, Matteo Ricchetti, Gualtiero Volpe


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