Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Waterwheel Site Brings Together Artists, Scientists and Activists

Today at 4am USA Eastern Standard Time, and 6pm in Brisbane Australia, the interactive Waterwheel platform will launch with a crew of collaborators and audience members from around the world converging online in real time. Waterwheel is an ongoing interactive, collaborative platform for performance, presentation and exchange exploring water, as a topic of politics, science and metaphor. The brain child of Brussel’s born Suzon Fuks, a media artist, choreographer and director, the project developed out of her growing interest in global water politics and the richness of the topic for artistic expression.

Last week as the site was in its final stages of tweaking, Fuks gave me a tour of the platform and showed me all the things it can do. Along with her team of technicians and artists Fuks has created a very sophisticated site, one that works as well or better than most social media sites or online conferencing platforms. With years of experience designing intermedia and live networked performances, Fuks knew what she wanted, and what was needed to achieve the intentions of the site. Each section of the site is modeled to emulate some function of water, with the net result that it “flows” together seamlessly, and feeds and regenerates the overall experience for everyone who uses it.

When you first encounter the site on the homepage there is a beautiful wheel with 40 concentric rings that ripple with the latest media content that has been uploaded to the site. From there you can explore the raw media, or you can enter one of the “Taps” which are highly sophisticated real-time spaces to hold networked performances, presentations, workshops, or exchanges. All of the media up-loaded to the Waterwheel by users is available for real-time mixing and integration on the Taps as well as live video, audio, and drawing tools.

Another component of the site is a map showing “Fountains” going on all around the world. A Fountain can be anything flowing from the Taps (ie current or up-coming Taps), or they can be events about water that users submit to the site. These could be a performance or presentation, an exhibition or conference, a book launch or a film premiere. The Fountains are the place for users to promote their projects or events, or find other similar projects of interest and upcoming events happening nearby or around the world.

While the Waterwheel is focused on water, the platform itself is incredibly facile and could be useful for any group that wants to converge around a specific area of interest. I asked Fuks about whether she would be making more platforms like this in the future. In her reply, she emphasized that exploring water topics remains her primary motivation, however she does see the marketability of the platform they have designed and they are considering commercializing the technology as a means of funding Waterwheel.

The success of the platform is in the hands of the people who use it, so dive on in and splash around in the beautiful liquid world of Waterwheel.

Details of the Launch Event:

On Monday 22 August 2011, the new Waterwheel project and website will be launched at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane from 6pm, and online on the Waterwheel website with a program of free performances.

Call for Proposals for Waterwheel Launch

This is a call for proposals for performances/presentations (of 5 minutes each maximum) for the launch of WATERWHEEL  - with a deadline for proposals of 12 August 2011. The entire performance/presentation program will be no longer than 30-45min.

WATERWHEEL, a new online platform exploring ‘water’ as a topic and metaphor, will be launched on 22 August, in Brisbane (Australia) AND will take place live online on the TAP at 6.30pm – find your time here.

The TAP is an online, real-time venue and forum, workshop and stage for live networked performance and presentation. Here you can create and collaborate, rehearse and remix, present and exchange, participate and communicate—privately as a crew or publicly with an audience. The Tap provides tools for live networking and real-time media mixing.

Here is more info on how to use WATERWHEEL and view a guided tour of the TAP.

The Dance Company is Eroding, Creativity is Exploding

The traditional dance company model is exploding apart and a hybrid chimera is being born out of its ashes. These new dance companies are really production companies made up of interdisciplinary collaborators that do it all from making high end videos to performance pieces to working for fashion photographers, music artists, and ad agencies. But most of all this new dance company model lives and breathes on the internet through tweets, blogs, photo streams and video channels that keep an active community of fans, followers and audience members engaged and excited for more.

Here are two new dance companies based in Brooklyn that are at the cutting edge of this emerging paradigm.

DANCELEN(D)S is a non-profit production company that specializes in dance film. Artistic Director Jennifer Madison heads up a collective of artists to create movement-based films and documentaries as well as provide creative services for commercial productions.

“manoeuvres” by DANCELEN(D)S, featuring Valentine Norton’s Project Valentine Dance Crew

Indelible Dance Company calls itself “a dance company in HD.” Mysterious and bold, their website is simply a page of their videos and photos to date. What is so innovative is not the quantity of their output, but the quality of what they make. Each video and photo project is exquisitely wrought, finely composed and emits sexy, smart, classiness.

“Check Out My Leggings” by Indelible Dance

Each of these companies has embraced collaboration at the core of their creative process, and they go for the best collaborators they can find. Thus DANCELEN(D)S created a video look book for fashion designer Rachel Roy in which dancers move in clothing from her new collection, and Indelible Dance created an entire evening length performance around a design concept by Mary Huang to create sound-sensitive costumes made of light to portray the Big Bang Theory.

For the longest time, only a handful of dance companies embraced technology and collaboration in such a fundamental way. To do so required huge sums of money or technical wizardry make your own gear, such as Troika Ranch’s Isadora software that enabled dancers to trigger sound and video with their muscles. Today high-end photography and video is cheap to make and can be distributed all around the world for free on the internet. Fundraising sites such as Kickstarter allow artists to find and cultivate supporters beyond their personal networks and capture many microdonations to reach their large financial goals. New generations of dancers who grew up with these tools have entered the field and they are beginning to show us how dance will evolve in the 21st Century. What is most surprising about their revelations is that dance may be naturally dying off as a separate and distinguishable art form, instead it is merging with everything else into one interconnected web of creative life.

To learn about more artists and companies embracing this new model check out:

Dance On Camera on Vimeo

The LXD: A Vision of the Future of Dance

Lately, with the success of So You Think You Can Dance we’ve seen a resurgence of dance in main stream media. Now there is also emerging a progressive vision for dance in the internet age. Film director John M. Chu cut his teeth on the blockbuster hit: “Step Up 2: The Streets.” Today he is working on an interactive web series featuring “The League of eXtraordinary Dancers” (LXD), a band of hip hop dancers with “supernatural” abilities that battle it out over broadband. Everything about this project is Web 2.0. First Chu posted video announcements on YouTube asking dancers to respond with their audition videos. From the hundreds of video responses he received, he selected his cast, to make an interactive web series. So far they have been doing an impressive PR circuit. The LXD dancers have made appearances on SYTYCD, the Oscars, and TED. If this blows up, it could mean dance gains a strong foothold in the future of media. Below is their recent TEDtalk. I love what Chu says about how dance is flourishing and evolving through exchange on the internet. My hope is that the concert dance community takes some tips from these hip hop dancers and take to the digital streets!


Raise Money for Dance and Film Projects Online

Join Benjamin Ford Asriel for his Webinar- Creative Strategies for Fundraising Online!

Thursday, November 5th, 1:00-2:00pm (EST) Webinar fee: $18

Register here:

Online fundraising doesn’t have to be hard.  Whether you’re raising money from hundreds of supporters or just friends and family, learning how to design and promote your dance or film project online lets you fundraise quickly and effectively.

Dancer and choreographer, Benjamin Ford Asriel ( presents a Webinar designed to help dancers learn how to creatively utilize the Internet to raise money for their dance and dance film projects.

Benjamin’s ‘Project Paper Trail’ is a choreography project and fundraising blog that has currently raised over $9,000 through online donations.  The one hour Webinar will take place in real time, so that you will have ample time to ask questions and get feedback from Benjamin.

click here to register!

Benjamin will discuss his success with his fundraising project, ‘Project Paper Trail’ .  Hear about the different types of donors his project attracted, and how his funding project became so successful.

Learn how artists can build wider, more engaged audiences and new models to generate support.  Open discussion will be part of the Webinar, so you will have time to ask questions or discuss ideas about online fundraising campaigns for your artistic work!

We look forward to seeing you at the Webinar on November 5th.

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