Experiment with connections between technology, video and body movement, led by dancer Rebecca Fitton. Fitton’s actions, as well as the heart rates of visitors, will produce changes in the video environment through the use of a special biosensor called EmotiBit. The movements will be improvised and include audience participation, with video that is based on ecological preservation sites at UC Santa Barbara.
The workshop was created by NYSCI Designers-in-Residence LoVid and their collaborators, Tyler Henry and NYSCI Explainers Uzaiza Khan and Katherine Chauca.
Left Footprints is a collaborative experimental multimedia performance project that draws conceptual and technical connections between environmental, biological and electrical signals. The work includes a complex, playful and layered system designed as an expanded audiovisual instrument. This work reflects on humans’ impact on the Earth’s ecosystems, as well as our psychological and internal challenges in this era of desired accountability and solutions to climate concerns and weighing action and inaction. In parallel and in conjunction, Left Footprints also examines the ever-evolving impact that communication and entertainment technologies have on human perceptions of nature, space, time and the self.
Free with NYSCI admission.
Left Footprints was conceived of and is directed by LoVid, in collaboration with Tyler Henry. It expands on LoVid’s previous work with live video and music, handmade instruments and translation of media into textile-based works. Tyler Henry’s media art-works, exhibition designs and coding focus on interactive installations and experiences. For this work Tyler is working with live and pre-recorded data from biological and environmental sensors. These data streams will be used during the June 15 presentation to affect, process or interrupt the audiovisuals. The biological sensors being used are designed by Sean Montgomery and will be in contact with performers’ or audience member’s bodies. Visuals were filmed on the restoration site of Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UC Santa Barbara. Interactions with the biosensors will be performed by Rebecca Fitton, and will also consider the environmental data as a point of departure for developing an interdisciplinary score including movement, sound and image.
This work also features collaboration with weaver and costume designer, Ibtisam Haq. Ibtisam is working on woven surfaces with conductive materials and fabricating garments with embedded electronics using LoVid’s textile designs. As Designers-in-Residence, LoVid has been working with two NYSCI Explainers, Uzaiza Khan and Katherine Chauca, who are assisting in the presentation of this production.
LoVid is the New York-based artist duo comprised of Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. LoVid’s work includes immersive installations, sculptural synthesizers, single channel videos, textile, participatory projects, mobile media cinema, works on paper and A/V performance. Collaborating since 2001, LoVid’s projects have been presented and performed at numerous international galleries and museums. LoVid’s projects have received support from organizations including: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Signal Culture, Cue Art Foundation, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Wave Farm, Rhizome, Franklin Furnace, Turbulence.org, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, Experimental TV Center, NY State Council of the Arts, and Greenwall Foundation.
Tyler Henry is a media artist, exhibit designer and programmer specializing in interactive installations and experiences. In his studio practice, Tyler combines sensors, code and immersive media to map relationships between images, computation and the body. He has recently presented artwork at venues in New York, South Korea, China, and Philadelphia. Recent artist residencies include Smack Mellon and Villa Eläintarha, Helsinki. He holds an MFA with honors in design and technology from Parsons The New School, and a bachelor’s degree in modern culture and media from Brown University. In addition to his art practice, Tyler has a decade of experience working with international artists to design and develop large-scale multimedia exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States and abroad.
Sean Montgomery is a technologist, educator and new-media artist in New York City. Using research methodologies combined with emerging technologies, Sean takes a trans-disciplinary look at the human condition to examine the changing relationship between the physical and metaphysical world. From developing wearable bio-sensors and algorithms that derive meaning from sensor data, to creating interactive new-media art installations that have shown around the world, Sean’s work focuses on how technology can enhance our understanding of ourselves and create new ways for people to interact with one another and the objects around them. After finishing his doctorate in neuroscience, Sean founded Connected Future Labs, an agile R&D consulting group that utilizes a depth of expertise in circuits, algorithms and design to bring cutting-edge technology out of the research lab and create real-world applications.
Ibtisam Haq grew up in Pakistan and studied textile and fashion design at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ibtisam has worked at the design team of Robert Graham Designs working with printing and yarn dyes. He has designed weavings with Jacquard loom for 2019 fall collections, attended trade-shows and helped manage the production of textiles. He led workshops for SABAH, Tharu Cultural Museum Powerful Hands at Kathmandu, Nepal where he collaborated with indigenous basket weavers to design products, which helped them introduce their work in international market. He was also involved in crochet products to support a group that needed support after the 2015 earthquake. At SERRV, Madison he designed window displays and organized a Spring Fashion Show focused on sustainability. At UW-Madison Theatre Costume Shop he designed, fabricated and altered costumes for theater productions.
Rebecca Fitton is an improviser, facilitator, and citizen. Born in England and raised in rural Wisconsin, her work as a community organizer and participatory artist is largely informed by her experiences as a bi-racial immigrant. Her projects have been presented in New York City at ShowDown/Gibney, Open Performance/Movement Research, Chez Bushwick, Staten Island Arts, Triskelion Arts and LiVEART.US at the Queens Museum, in addition to many non-traditional performance spaces across New York, New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin, and Salzburg, Austria such as bars, grocery stores, rooftops, gardens and the perimeter of Manhattan. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Center Space in Grand Rapids, MI, was a participant of the Hemispheric Institute’s 2019 EMERGENYC program and is a current LEIMAY Subsidized Fellow at CAVE in Brooklyn, NY.
In addition to her own performance work, Fitton is an administrator for Pentacle and independent artists, Edisa Weeks/DELIRIOUS Dances and Will Rawls. Recently, she also has performed with Renegade Performance Group/André Zachery, JACKS/Kelsey Kramer & Lexie Thrash and Jacqueline Cannon. She has been a member of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee since 2018. Fitton holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University.