CyberTouch

Experimental audiovisual performance

Vassilis Agiomyrgianakis (BasMyr) is an audiovisual artist, livecoder and researcher. He is a co-founder of the 'Artistic Computing Technologies in Open Science' (Arctos) research project. In 2016 he completed his PhD at the University of Huddersfield in programming languages for interactive audiovisual arts. He is experienced in live coding for audiovisual performances as well as in the development of microcomputer sensor systems. He has built the wearable technology and audiovisual live coding system of CyberTouch, amongst others, as part of his post doctoral research at Ionian University about "Extending Live Coding". He teaches ‘Algorithmic Sound Composition’ at the Ionian University, he has published papers, music and participated with his works in various conferences and festivals in Greece and the UK.

Stella Dimitrakopoulou is a, dance and performance, artist and researcher. She holds a PhD in ‘Creative Practice: Dance’ and an MA in ‘Dance-Theatre: the body in performance’ (Trinity Laban, UK). She teaches dance theory and practice at the University of Peloponnese (Nafplion). She also works as a performer, choreographer and dance dramaturg. As a curator, she has organised the 2nd International Symposium Performance Philosophy School of Athens at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST, 2017). Her work has been presented in several conferences, symposia and festivals across Europe, in the UK and in Brazil. IKY, ARTWORKS (SNF), DanceWEB, NEON and Trinity Laban have supported her academic and artistic research.

CyberTouch
PERFORMANCE

CyberTouch is an experimental audiovisual performance and a part of post-doc research by Vasilis Agiomyrgianakis at Ionian University about "Extending live coding". In CyberTouch the extension scheme is a combination between dance-gestures and audiovisual live coding using original wearable interactive technology.

CyberTouch is an interdisciplinary research inspired by Cybernetics, a structured improvisation between two "objects": a live coder and a performer. In this structured improvisation we experiment with the concept of "flow" as this exists in liquids, in dance (Laban Movement Analysis), as well as in communication and interaction between humans and machines.

In our effort to bring together two distinct artistic and scientific fields of research, we find that improvisation provides a fruitful ground for the development of a common language. Drawing on tools from imporvisational methods such as those developed and used in dance, music and live coding, we create a channel for interaction and communication between us.

Being interested in the body's relationship to interactive audiovisual technology within performance, our choreographic and audiovisual aesthetic is informed and inspired by performances such as live coding as well as the way Loie Fuller interact with technology, among others. Our goal is to explore and propose new relationships between interactive audiovisual arts, live coding and dance, while expanding the potential of the human body. Concepts that seem to be unrelated and possibly conflicting, such as the natural and the artificial, in this performance are incorporated to create an interesting audiovisual result.