Venue: C4CC: Centre for creative colaboration

11 July 2013



A joint talk and performance confronting boundaries between
computational scores and live action. Kate Sicchio and Alex McLean
will compare computer programming and choreography from perspectives
of liveness, spaces, notation and embodiedness.

The talk will introduce and lead into a live coded and live
choreographed performance "Sound Choreography <> Body Code", which
creates a feedback loop through code, music, choreography, dance and
back through code:
- Diagrammatic choreography reacts and reconfigures in response to music;
- The dancer interprets the live choreography as an embodied computer;
- Both the edits of the live coder and the movements of the dancer
modifies the code which creates the music.

The result is a resonance through sound, movement, perception and
language, a live flow of influence forming a whole system. As
complexity increases, the limits of language and the body are reached
beyond, where the character of the whole system is exposed. The live
choreography and code is projected for the audience, so cycles of
linguistic and diagrammatic construction and destruction can be
observed, alongside the analogue development in music and dance.


Kate Sicchio is a multiplicity. She is a choreographer, media artist,
and performer. Her work includes dance performances, installations,
web and video projects and has been shown in Philadelphia, New York
City, Canada, Germany and the UK at venues such as the Arnolfini,
Banff New Media Institute and WAX Brooklyn. Her choreographic research
has been presented at ISEA, DRHA, Congress of Research on Dance and
others. She has recently completed her PhD at University of East
London and is currently Senior Lecturer in Dance at University of
Lincoln, UK.

Alex McLean is a live coder, software artist and researcher based in
Yorkshire, UK. As a live coding musician, he performs with Adrian Ward
and Dave Griffiths as the live coding band Slub (,
getting people to dance to code at festivals across Europe. Alex is
University Research Fellow in Human/Technology Interaction, and Deputy
Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in
Music (ICSRiM), University of Leeds. His research interests surround
the use of programming languages in live interaction, within creative,
educational, social and cultural contexts. Alex completed his PhD
thesis "Artist-­Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts" at
Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011.