22 Mar John D’Arcy for Movimento: Digital media and lots of fisheye!
Join us for the second appointment in the ŻfinMalta Movimento series for 2023 with our guest expert John D’Arcy. We spoke to John to see what we can expect from his upcoming movimento…
For this session, John will present some examples from his artistic practice and invite a discussion on the potentials and challenges of incorporating varying forms digital media into movement practice. There will be an opportunity to engage with some of the technologies John works with.
I have always been interested in creating work with technologies available at hand and finding intersections between emerging technologies and mainstream products.
‘‘Working with (and for) Digital Media”
31st March 2023, 18:30
Dance Studios at University of Malta, Triq taż-Żwejt, San Ġwann
Tell us about yourself
I’m an artist, practice-based researcher and educator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I teach interactive media and audio production and supervise research projects in immersive media and sound art.
How would you describe your practice?
I create work with live performance and mediated performance using digital media. I am particularly interested in making connections between voice, body and place.
What attracted you to the field of digital media/technology in live performance?
I have always been interested in creating work with technologies available at hand and finding intersections between emerging technologies and mainstream products. I love to experiment and find mini hacks to use consumer technologies in different ways so as techniques such as 360 video and 3D scanning have become more accessible I’ve started to explore how they can be wrangled to create work with participants.
Has your practice ever crossed paths or collaborated with dance?
My current project ‘Pathways’ is a collaboration with dance artist Paula Guzzanti based at University of Malta. I love working with a collaborator from the field of dance because it really widens my perspective on visual aspects of the work.
How would you describe your relationship to movement?
My typical considerations with movement within my own work typically relate to site-specificity – planting performances and digital artefacts onto real-world spaces and inviting audiences to explore these through the act of walking.
What are you planning to share with us on the 28th March?
During our session on 28th we’ll dig into immersive media and focus on 360/spherical video. We’ll look at basic principles and explore how the technology can be used with dance practitioners as a way to document their existing practice, or to create completely new work.
What 3 verbs could describe your planned movimento session?
LOTS OF FISHEYE!