"Double Skin/Double Mind" (DS|DM) is an awareness preparation workshop for professional dancers, developed by the Amsterdam based dance company Emio Greco | PC since 1996.
"The Interactive Installation is a virtual version of the workshop. The installation offers participants the possibility to take part in a virtual version of the workshop in real time, while receiving verbal, physical and peripheral information. The design consists of an aluminum frame construction with one projection screen, 3 peripheral monitors, four sound speakers and a tracking camera with Infra Red projectors- surrounding the participant. The movement - tracking program "Gesture Follower" (GF) developed by Frédéric Bevilacqua (IRCAM), compares the data of the filmed version of the workshop with the real time data of the participant's movements. As result of this comparison, different forms of feedback are given: sonification, visualization and music will accompany the participant while mentally and physically traveling through the Double Skin/Double Mind structure."
The installation was initiated 2006 by Bertha Bemudez (EG|PC), Frederique Bevilaqua (IRCAM) and Chris Ziegler (ZKM Karlsruhe) during the notation research project "Capturing Intention". At the end of 2007 Emio Greco | PC released a book, a film documentary (made by Maite Bermudez) and the DS|DM DVD-ROM. A demonstrative version of the installation traveled through festivals in Holland in that time.
In 2008 a two-year collaborative research project Inside Movement Knowledge (IMK) went into new methods for documentation, transmission and preservation of contemporary dance knowledge. In IMK we developed and tested the professional version of DS|DM installation inside the AHK Amsterdam dance program with dance students and teachers conducting several labs until May 2010. From 2011 onwards the installation will be included in the curriculum of the AHK's dance training program.
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