Making People in Interactive Spaces
Simon Biggs, Sue Hawksley and Garth Paine
Crosstalk is a performance work involving speech, movement and the body. Two dancers' movement and speech are re-mediated within an augmented environment employing real-time motion tracking, voice recognition, interpretative and generative language systems, 3D projection and granular audio synthesis. The acquired speech, a description of an imagined dance, is re-written through projected digital display and sound synthesis, the performers causing texts to interact and recombine with one another through their subsequent compositional arrangement. What is written is affected by the dance whilst the emerging recombinant descriptions determine what is danced. The work questions and seeks insight into the relations between kinesthetic experience, memory, agency and language.
Crosstalk was developed while the artists were in residence at the Bundanon Trust, New South Wales, in 2013, and at the Art Museum of Arizona State University, in 2014.