After a highly successful launch symposium last month, our next focus is the first of three themed symposia, “Live coding and the body”. it will take place on the 5th-6th July 2014, in the University of Sussex, in Brighton (a short train ride from London), with an algorave performance event on the evening/night before, of the 4th July, at The Loft.
This symposium will focus on relationships between code and the body in live performance arts. In this two-day event we aim to explore questions such as:
- How can live coding contribute to an understanding of the body, language and notation in live performances using digital technologies?
- To what extent is live coding an embodied, or disembodied performance practice?
- How can we better understand audience perception of live coding as performance?
- What does/could it mean to connect language abstractions of live coding with sensory experience; e.g. tactile, visible, kinaesthetic and proprioceptive as well as auditory?
The symposium will follow immediately after the excellent NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) conference in London, which brings an ideal opportunity to explore all of this in the context of this research community.
During the workshop, we will aim to challenge assumptions of live coding – computer centric, digital centric, sound centric, audience focussed. We will explore audience perception and engagement, and live coding beyond the keyboard (e.g. Brain/music interfaces, tangible interfaces, machines/analogue computers, gamepads). Furthermore, how does live coding perform beyond sound – we aim to explore finding a language for discussing live coding beyond a perceptual modality.