improvisational environments residency

Improvisational environments residency workshop at iStage, Arizona State University


SINLAB is a unique experimental laboratory in Switzerland, situated at the intersection of Performing Arts, Architecture, Science, Engineering and Philosophy. We explore new possibilities for artistic expression and stage conception. The project is a cooperation between the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), La Manufacture (HETSR), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU) and Tsinghua University Beijing. It is funded by the „Sinergia“-program of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).


Research project at SINLAB with Pablo Ventura

dance: Unita Gaye Galiluyo, Deborah Hofstetter

SEAM 2010 Sydney: Agency and Action

CHOREOGRAPHING WITHIN AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA ENVIRONMENT "Chris Ziegler will be facilitating two intensive one-week curated laboratories to develop work within the "wald-forest" interactive environment. The work of Chris Ziegler ranges from DVD-ROM projects to interactive installations and multimedia performances and performance environments. During 17–28 October, Christian will set up his work "wald-forest" as a laboratory space for choreographers to work in. Chris will work with choreographers both as a facilitator and as a programmer to offer them insight and practical exploration of his interactive dance environments."
On 30 and 31 October Critical Path will host a one-day public exhibition of the "wald-forest" installation, and a forum where Chris Ziegler will present his own work and the work he has undertaken with Emio Greco|PC designing the prechoreographic dance training installation "doubleskin | doublemind".
SEAM2010, Sydney 17–28 oct, Place: The Drill Hall 6 NSW Choreographers in partnership with the Goethe Institut Sydney.

DanceMediaAcademy 07

DanceMediaAcademy 07, Kunstfest Weimar
Chris Ziegler, installation "forest 2"
Students from Palucca Schule Dresden, choreography
Students of Bauhaus University Weimar, music

Tanzwerkstatt Europa 2007

Workshop 1st -9th August 2007
Accademia Mobile / wald-forest

Workshop, Rehearsal Muffathalle, i-camp Theater, Munich
9th August 8:30 PM showing "meet you in the forest" i-camp Theater, Munich

Through Emio Greco | PC's artistic collaboration with German media artist Chris Ziegler Accademia Mobile will run an edition within the TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA. Since 1989 this annual dance festival has been a two-week meeting place for dancers and choreographers in which different bridges of understanding between dance and other forms of visual art, acting, musical theater, and new forms of media art are created.

In the form of a coaching project for dancers, choreographers and actors, the Accademia Mobile edition at the Tanzwerkstatt will focus on the interaction between different artistic languages: the Emio Greco | PC workshop 'Double Skin/Double Mind' and the interactive installation of Chris Ziegler 'wald-forest'.
The workshop 'Double Skin/Double Mind' will serve as a physical and mental preparation for a later entrance into the interactive space of 'wald-forest', where movement parameters are related to light and surround sound architecture, creating interesting spatial perspectives for movement creation.
The combination of experiences will be used to encourage each participant to participate in a creative project that will end with a public presentation on the last day of workshop.

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D.A.N.C.E. is a European interdisciplinary professional insertion programme for young dancers under the Artistic Direction of Frédéric Flamand, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj. Affiliated to this foursome are Pierre Droulers, Michele Anne De Mey and Thierry De Mey, the new artistic direction of Charleroi/Danses and the independent media artists Lutz Gregor and Chris Ziegler...

dancemedia 2003 Tokyo workshop

dance and new media workshop "realtime presence" with performance group "NEST", "[RE]" Tokyo
creating interactive performances with realtime software technology (ISADORA, an other tools).
using infrared videotracking with sound (electronic), music (life) , lights (shadow play) , and specific stage architecture for projection.

lecture and performane with Yuzo Ishiyama / NEST at Spiral Hall, Tokyo

cellbytes 2000

Telematic Performance Workshop
Cooperation between shinkansen/futurephysical London, UK with Institute for Studies in the Arts Arizona State University (ASU) Phoenix, USA

"telematic performance work" refers to the use of a telecommunication network to establish links between two remote spaces at the same time and to present the activities in those two separate spaces variously as a single performance event. In the case of Cellbytes, these activities will, at the same time, be presented using current software and hardware technologies to make use of the Web as a third performance "space".

As with many "new media" projects, telematic performance work can be traced back along historical and aesthetic trajectories that include and overlap with a range of art practices including installation, performance and communication art, video, etc. In doing so, one encounters many of the same concerns being addressed using different forms of technology in different contexts.

In addition to the telematic work -- another aspect of the Cellbytes project has been to utilise a triggering/ sensor environment in each space. This has had particular implications for the dancers who need to adjust to several degrees of disorientation in the spaces.

The group process model being used on this project is inter-authorship with a very strong emphasis on the pooling of skills and ideas, the constant interweaving and, in particular on this project, the crossover between the creative processes of dance/ choreographers and media/ technician artists."

Documentation by Scott deLahunta/ASU Phoenix: