Ongoing: Digital Intermedia Collaborative Platform - DCIP
Supported by a Digital Humanities Grant

Lisa Wymore, working with Adrian Freed from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, is creating a new performance and exploration space in the Z-Lab!

We are creating a digital platform to investigate human/computational interactivity. Currently UC Berkeley lacks a dedicated digitally enhanced space in which to gather dance artists, computer scientists, sound/music composers, and technologists interested in working with unique human gesture. The platform we are building includes three major digital hardware technologies: 1) depth sensing cameras to capture three-dimensional visual data of the body, 2) wearable,inertial sensors to detect velocity and body patterns, 3) heart rate and respiration sensors to capture more internal body data. These well-tested and commercially available sensors combined with CNMAT based software including Open Sound Control (OSC), “o.” and “o.io” will be optimized within a dedicated dance studio (Z-Lab) to create a robust and user friendly platform. In essence we are creating an interactive research space that simply needs to be “plugged in” and will be available for classes, performances, and research. We expect several deliverable outcomes: 1) creative and reliable hardware configurations; 1) new open source software; 3) reliable body and music/sound based performances; 4) a public document sharing protocols for creating a similar platform within other institutional settings. 

Other partners/collaborators working on the DICP project are:
John MacCallum
Rama Gottfried
Ian Heisters
Sheldon Smith
Teoma Naccarto

May 7-9, 2015: Reversing Cybernetics – Queering Control: Media, Embodiment and the Politics of Indeterminancy
Part of the International Metabody Forum 2015

Thursday, May 7
6:00-8:00 PM Workshop Performances
by Jaime del Val and Robert Wechsler

Friday, May 8
1:00-2:00 PM Open Studio – Demonstrations
2:00-2:45 PM Metabody Presentation
by Jaime del Val
3:00-4:30 PM Panel Discussion
  • Moderated by Sheldon B. Smith (Mills College, Dance Artist)
    • Panelists:
      • Jaime del Val (Metabody Coordinator)
      • Adrian Freed (CNMAT, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies)
      • Ian Heisters (Intermedia Artist)
      • Teoma Naccarto (Intermedia Artist and Choreographer)
      • Robert Wechsler (Palindrome, Metabody Partner)

4:30-5:30 PM Reception
6:00 -8:00 PM Installation Performances
by Jaime del Val and Robert Wechsler

Saturday, May 9
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Speech in Action
Informal Performance with Neil Marcus (Disability Culture – Arts Activist) and Guests
1:00-4:00 PM Workshop
“Human-Machine Interaction Through Embodied Sensor Technology”

November 9-10, 2012: Virtual Venues Symposium
Artistic Director and long time Z-Lab collaborator, John Crawford, has organized a symposium titled Virtual Venues: Exploring Materiality and Gesture. Z-Lab at UC Berkeley and the Embodied Media and Technology Lab at UC Irvine will have a direct real-time interaction on November 9th and 10th. The event focused on a new research model for the University of California system. It was two days of exchange, research, and creative work.

May 1 through June 5, 2012: Creative Work Sessions
Multiple creative work sessions with graduate students from UC Irvine. In preparation for the Virtual Venues Symposium.

February 21, 2012: Distance Based Choreography Workshop
Two hour long co-located collaboration with Lisa Naugle’s Advanced Choreography Class with MFA candidates in dance from the UC Irvine Dance Department.  The session included choreographic studies across the network utilizing two undergraduate dancers from the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. 

February 8, 2012: Workshop on Co-located Performance
Workshop in the Z-Lab utilizing two different performance nodes connected through a local area network to create a co-located environment for experiments related to performance. The workshop continued and was included in Lisa’s sophomore seminar class on tele-presence.

February 7, 2012Future Collaboration for the Virtual Venues Project
Discussion on ideas and schedules for the Virtual Venues Project, led by Professor Lisa Wymore and the Chair of the UC Irvine Dance Department, Lisa Naugle. Potential ideas for the project included giving the same improvisation score to studios at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine and exploring creative results derived from the shared environments between the two different populations. There was also a discussion on the possibility of having Professor John Crawford teach tele-presence etudes and creating a master class in choreography that is effectively demonstrated with co-location. In the later afternoon, Lisa Wymore and Sheldon Smith did a presentation to John Crawford’s Dance and Media class via Skype connection.


May 27, 2011“Collage Study #1” with Art.on.Wires 2011
The Z-Lab connected with the University of Oslo for the Art.on.Wires festival 2011. The title of the work that was shared for the festival: “Collage Study #1” Collaborators: John Crawford (Professor, UC Irvine), Jason Geistweidt (UIT/Verdione/World Opera Project), Liv Hanne Haugen (Dance Artist), Lisa Wymore (Professor, UC Berkeley), Ryan Smith (Composer, MFA Candidate Mills College)  Dancers: Liv Hanne Haugen, Lisa Wymore  Organizer: Niels Lund , University of Tromsø/ Verdione/World Opera Project. The performance was derived from a three-hour workshop which took place in the afternoon session of Art.on.Wires festival. It was an exploration between two sites (UC Berkeley and the Art.on.Wires workshop studio) – layering digital materials, virtual bodies, and creating new places within which the performers resonate and communicate. The performance lasted approximately 1 hour and ranged from quiet improvisational scores to full “contact” dance phrases supported by a collaborative musical score utilizing the program Jack Trip.

Spring Term 2011 with performances on May 13 and 14, 2011: Co-located Performance with Tyler Spencer
Tyler Spencer, a Graduate Student within the Department of Dance, UC Irvine held a co-located performance utilizing the Z-Lab and the Embodied Media & Performance Technology Lab. Over the course of the entire term, Tyler would connect to the Z-Lab during regular scheduled meeting times. Her work involved numerous student performers and participants. Live aspects of the performance were viewed from both the UC Irvine location and within the Z-Lab, both open to the public.

April 23, 2011Flesh and Media: An Interactive Salon
The Art Research Center created an event for the Z-Lab entitled "Flesh and Media: An Interactive Salon" with Ellen Bomberg, John Crawford, and Abigail de Kosnik. The event included an interactive demonstration of Active Space technology followed by a discussion and an informal reception.

April 18, 2011 and April 20, 2011: Theater 166 Creative Inquiry in Media, Movement, and Performance
The Z-Lab hosted the class entitled Theater 166: Creative Inquiry in Media, Movement, and Performance, which met – from a distance – with Professor John Crawford’s Digital Media Performance class. These co-located classes were treated as Open Studios and the public was invited to participate. At each event, over 20 people attended to see students engage with two-way live video streaming and interactive video technology. These Open Studios were part of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies annual concert series entitled the Berkeley Dance Project.

March 1 and March 3, 2011: Co-located Experiment with UC Irvine
The Z-Lab hosted a co-located experiment in dance choreography with the Chair of the UC Irvine Dance Department, Lisa Naugle. The experiment engaged her Advanced Choreography class with the TDPS Beginning Choreography class. The Z-Lab utilized live video streaming to layer dancers from the two distant locations and experimented with co-located shared choreography and various modes of collaboration across the digital divide.

January 11, 2011Active Space
The Z-Lab hosted a live demonstration and talk about the program entitled Active Space, developed by Professor John Crawford. The Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and numerous colleagues from across campus, interested in new media technology, were invited to attend this demonstration.


December 6-10, 2010II Y A with Sha Xin Wei
The Z-Lab hosted the renowned inter-media artists, Sha Xin Wei, Associate Professor Fine Arts and Computer Science from the Topological Media Lab, along with his team of graduate student assistants who helped set up an interactive media piece entitled Il Y A. On December 9th and 10th, the public/campus community was invited to engage with the Open Studios in the Z-Lab.

November 16, 2010Demonstration of Co-located Technology
Live demonstrations of the portable Tele-Immersion system and of a local area network connection using technology developed by UC Irvine’s Department of Dance and the Embodied Media & Performance Technology Lab with Professor John Crawford.

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