I attended the Audio:Visual:Motion third event. A day of presentations, discussions, demonstrations, screenings and performance, at Manchester Metropolitan University. The event is aimed at musicians, designers, performers and other artistic practitioners who realise creative ideas by the use of computers, making their own applications.
As an outsider of the creative coding community, all was a new field of exploration for me. I have felt as a child with new toys, but, actually they where code artworks: music, films, live music from colors, live sound choreography and more, with the common objective of expand the limits of digital / analogue experience.
That computational exploration presented a meeting with the alterity, the change and new languages. A good example was the Sound Choreography < > Body Code, as their creators, Alex and Kate, define: “a feedback loop where the diagrammatic choreography react and where the dancer represent instructions in the code, which the live coder tries to edit in order to create the music. The result is a resonance through movement, perception and language, influencing one another in a live composition”. The choreographer dance is cocreated, the body movement itself seems to be, in part, digital, the algorithm programmed seems to be itself, in part, analogue, to a body movement.. This generates, in the making, an expansion of digital / analogue relation limits and a new music-dance intersubjective experience. Decentered movement? Abstract dance? Digital / analogue perception? This kind of experiences of embodiment could conform new corporalities? Or, at least, this explorations may be bringing new understandings of the body in a digital / analogue context? More questions to research..
As it was mentioned in the introduction of the event, artists need to decode so as not to be dominated (or code?) by technology, in a broad sense. Because, what is art? It’s the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the real (Julie Carr – John Michael Rivera) and what is computational art? Is like an exposed metaphor?
Let’s keep exploring.