Dance and Code Remix

Transmediale Vorspiel 2017


For Vorspiel 2017, Flee Immediately!, in collaboration with Joana Chicau, will present a series of workshops and performances at Panke exploring and experimenting with choreographic relations and code, from bodies of code to actual bodies, from digital deviations to physical ones. This includes a performance that reframes aesthetic experiences through the poetics of both web programming languages and tango as choreography, a workshop enacting basic programming knowledge through dance, as well as experiments relating code, poetry, movement, raves and control, and more. The event series is part of a larger collaboration and research around the relationships between dance, bodies, and code that began in Flee Immediately! issue 02.

15th February, 6-8pm, free

Renee Carmichael: Two Step Before One Step, Intro + performance

As a sort of closing act of Issue 02, Dance and Code, I will introduce the topic and event series through a lecture performance that connects rhythms, codes and code poetry directly to the issue as well as thoughts about dance and code. It will be a re-enactment of the dancing and coding that emerged throughout the process as well as opening it up to the following events and future processes.

Joana Chicau:'Tango for us Two/Too'

'Tango for us Two/Too' part of a two months field research developed in Buenos Aires, Argentina [ ]. This piece aims to investigate the current practice of Tango, and to revisit its underlying codes, including social and discursive frameworks. Reframing the limits of aesthetic experiences and the poetics of both web programming languages and tango as choreography. The first part of the performance introduces Tango as an improvisation based choreography with a set of code which defines random movement on “x” and “y” axis; The second part explores the dialogical nature of Tango, exploring google (mis)translation platform with fragments of texts from interviews with Tango dancers. In the last moment, it is presented an actual Tango.

Maru Mushtrieva: peu ou prou

peu ou prou or hopscotch revisited is a game and a life-simulating device, which stimulates a sense of time, muscles and spatial vision. It invites you to rediscover the object of desire in its nomadic nature, to turn it around or get off the grid. Most of the yard games use code as means of interpretation of reality. A zone of obstacles to be crossed, a zone of rest, departure and arrival points in hopscotch revisited become mere spatio-temporal markers of effectiveness, productivity and sense construction. It invites you to enjoy the playfulness of the accident. Manual will be provided on the location.

↔↜ ↙↛↩↭↯Opening of the dancefloor (+drinks)

16th February, 6-8pm, free

Holger Heissmeyer: Say: Instructions Performance

A playful performance-installation. Everybody can participate. The setup adresses the notion of progress and the unwillingness to move. It features commands that describe elements of dance. It tackles understanding, harmony, and spoken words as a carrier waves of interrelation. It's a bit like Karaoke.

cryptodance: performative event

The cryptodance is a performative event to familiarize ourselves with different modes of encryption. Whilst collectively embodying issues of security, privacy, safety and surveillance, we converge a technopolitical urgency for souvereignity and a desire for affinities with the body /machine~ living organisms/algorithms. Cryptodance is developed by an international small constellation of choreographers, hackers, dancers, .... (bolwerK, Goldjian, Karine Rathle, Ellen Foster, Marthe Van Dessel, Margaret Westby,..). They met, discussed and wrote a choreography combining dance annotations, crypto technics and careful somatic tactics.

17th February, 6-8pm, free

Daniel Pinheiro: Will you dance with me?

Live-telematic-durational-performance using videoconferencing, this work addresses the possibilities investigated over the course of three years, along with artist Lisa Parra, in LAND PROJECT.

Bodies find ways to perceive the space mediated by the computer screen. Will you dance with me? is a durational experiment on adjusting one's position, location, sense of presence to each other, while in different locations.

One-on-one participants are invited to dance lonesomeness together.

While starting to address the subject of distributed location of the self this work is also included on the larger project TRANSCODING - a series of works dedicated to explore the internet, its affections, and representations of human agency in a multiplied, transitory and fractalized nature.

Manuel Rossner: Framework

Across all devices and realities it’s the white walls, shadow gaps and neutral lightning which charge our objects with meaning. „Framework“ disassembles the space in its components and recomposes it the way nowadays post-production does it.

BBB_: Id rather be an iphone

A performance directed for the album release show „ID RATHER BE AN IPHONE", it presents both artists as mediums between so-called digital and physical realities, involving subjects like trans-post-humanism, body enhancement, AI and its emotionality and irrationality, biotechnology and robotics, and “the future” that already happened. In this multi-layered performance artists mediate their visions with live-synthesized voice, own emojis, visual poetry and their intense physical presence.
In 2017 BBB_ will release their first music video „Y“, produced first in China and then in Germany, where the project currently resides.

Dance party!↔↜ ↙↛↩↭↯

22nd February, 6-9pm, WORKSHOP, free

Lai Yi Ohlsen: 100 Scores Workshop

The ‘100 Scores’ workshop will focus upon the intersection of decision making in technical and artistic disciplines. This event will be the second live contribution to the dynamic repository ‘100 Scores’: improvisational movement guides inspired by algorithmic design. The attendees and I will work through the embodiment of regiments originally written for efficient machines and by using the body to make choices, we will bring form to the algorithms that have only ever seen function. This work is part of my ongoing effort as an artist to bridge gaps of understanding through process and communication. The inefficiencies of the body are crucial to this concept and thus trained and untrained movers are welcomed and appreciated. I plan to follow a loose three hour structure that is open to shift with the weight of the room but will progress along a clear trajectory provided by the scores themselves. As we work through the scores, we will discuss our intention and choice making as a way to find the space in between ourselves and the technical minds who originally created them.

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⚆⚇⚈⚉⚀ Bios

BBB_ is a post-digital cross disciplinary project, working on the intersection of music, performance, art, design and contemporary philosophy. It was founded by Alla Poppersoni and Alexander Sahm in early 2015. The project works in live performance and installation format, experiments with digital voices, natural language processing, brain stimulating music and interactive visuals, creating special atmosphere and a scenography for each piece. Their work is meant to be a reflection on emotionality and irrationality in a world of global powers, big data and intelligent technologies.

Renee Carmichael is an artist, coder, designer and writer whose work often explores technology and the relationship between structure (code), content and design. She has written and produced work around themes such as The Dance Epidemic of 1518 (Come to Feet, SPACE Permaculture Residency, London), the website's relationship to print (An Homage to the Death of Print,, online exhibition/book), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and technology (Eavesdropping, film), code poetry (ccthenr workshop series) and singing IBM anthems and code (011 Chant to Them, Hello World! exhibition, L’atelier-KSR, Berlin). She graduated from Goldsmiths College in London with a Masters in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice and has worked recently as a Researcher and Interaction Designer in the Hybrid Publishing Lab at Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany. She is founding editor of the experimental publication Flee Immediately!

Joana Chicau [PT] is a designer, with a background in performance: classical ballet and contemporary dance. In her practice she investigates the possible connections between – and coexistence of – choreography and media design, aiming to open the possibilities for new aesthetic, energetic and social dimensions in design production processes.

In her work she experiments with open source graphic tools, and the combination of programming and choreographic languages. The project has grown into diverse live performances and coding demonstrations of her methodology/ research and recently taken the format of ‘rehearsals’, a temporary stage for experimenting with coding and choreography.

Holger Heissmeyer: On the crossroads of technology, social behavior and personal experience, I long for poetic glitches. Central to my work are invisible processes, feedback loops, time, failure and ambiguous desires. In playful interventions, I explore how rules shape experiences and how the rigidity of code shapes people. Born 1978 in Heidelberg (Germany), I grew up on the countryside and spent my time with a computer. I studied physics, psychology and arts and live in Berlin.

Lai Yi Ohlsen holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Minor in Art History from ASU. She works within arts administration and engineering management to support her creative processes within movement and technology. Her current process is inspired by algorithmic tendencies of the dance floor where you can often find her spinning, hands up, no end in sight.

Daniel Pinheiro: Born in Venezuela. Lives and works from Portugal where he graduated in Theater in 2008. Between 2007 and 2013 participated in different programs developing his skills in the fields of Video Editing, Media, Performance Art and Networked Performance. Currently he continues to develop his works and collaborating in the same fields as an independent artist focusing on investigating the tension between human and machine through embodied practice on collaborative projects either in remote or physically present. His work has been developed nationally and internationally, taking part in teleshared actions in collaboration with different organizations and other artists.

Maru Mushtrieva: b. Yakutia, Russia / based in Berlin, Germany. I have a background as an editor, researcher and writer. My creative work, which follows on from these foundations, centres on text and the ways in which it can be loaded, instrumentalised and reconfigured, exploring the tension between oral and written texts, poetry and reportage, draft and master-copy. Primarily working with sound and moving image, I'm interested in putting text into dialectical relation with other media (sound effects, moving/still pictures, graphic representation of text) and consciously extending and narrowing its capacities.

Manuel Roßner lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt, and is a member of the Internet-TBD collective. He studied at Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, École des Arts-Décoratifs Paris and Tongji University Shanghai. He has been curating and also participating in diverse exhibitions in different countries, and will soon be having his first solo show at Ultralight Beam, 1822-Forum, in Frankfurt.