With references to the physically ingrained, ambulatory spectatorship of Minimal Art and to the virtual grounds of dance perception, Limited Spaces revolves around a series of transformations that allow the spectator to observe hidden aspects of his perceptual behavior. Sliced, dispersed and multifocally projected, the dancer’s physical body enters a virtual realm that invites the spectator to a peripatetical exploration of the installation and of his own body. Moreover, the fugitivity of the medium dance perpetually reminds us of our own anticipations, projections and memories at play in our reception of reality. Aren’t dancing bodies always already virtual, clotted with body imagery and mental spaces? In which way are the spaces of our behavior, perception, memory and imagination limited and are we prompted to surpass them when we are literally stuck in a limited physical space?
The installation consists of a two meter Cube, surrounded by eight interactive carpets and eight linked speakers. A carpet produces a sound when a visitor steps on it. During the performance there is a nude dancer inside the Cube. Her movements, captured by several inside cameras are projected on the four sides of the Cube. None of the images show her whole body. The head is also not shown making the body totally anonymous.
While observing all four sides of the Cube, a spectator recreates the imaginary body in his mind. The visitor’s steps over interactive carpets modulate the sound. The dancer modifies her movements accordingly. The more visitors there are on the scene the more difficult it is for the dancer as the sounds superimpose and rhythm amplifies.
Technical description of performance and installation
4 dv video cameras
4 digital video projectors
wires to connect cameras and projectors
2 computers Mac G5 with ethernet cable (Mac or PC, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 2 GB, GeForce 8600M – 256 MB)
8 speakers and 1 amplifier
8 interactive carpets linked with computers, interface midi, switcher
In the middle of a hall there is a white cube (each side is 1,5 m wide and 2,2 m high). Around it there are 8 interactive carpets linked to computers and 4 video projectors (each in front of one cube side).
Inside of cube there is a dancer. On each interior side of cube 4 cameras are fixed on different high levels and in such way that they can film only one part of dancer’s body and never her head. The images are projected directly onto exterior sides of cube.
Not far from cube installed desk equipped with sound and dimmer control panels for musician and artist.
Composer starts to play music and at this moment artist works with dimmer and images start to reveal themselves on cube sides. The dancer inside of cube reacts on sounds by turning towards its source and her movements evolve with it. More sound becomes violent and loud – more movements become nervous and desperate till the moment when the dancer collapses.
During performance visitors can see images of different parts of dancer’ body. For to create an idea about person inside, to see her entire image they walk around the cube stepping on his way on interactive carpets which produce different sounds. The dancer reacts on visitors’ sounds with movements (she can’t see visitors). The sound of visitors’ becomes also the part of musical composition.
Spectators can create a sound environment to make a dancer follow their orders. During performance the composer can modify sounds impact deceiving the expectations of visitors.
Time of performance 15-20 minutes.
Installation Cube is working after performance. Based on show recordings, it functions as if a performer is still inside of cube and spectator can influence and direct her movements.
When there are no spectators in an exhibition hall or they are far away the movements of virtual dancer are calm and self-confident.
Walking around the cube spectator steps on interactive carpet and this action provokes a turn of dancer towards of him.
Installation can be used up to 8 visitors in the same time. Presence all of them on carpets create disturbing sound composition making a dancer turning around her axe.
Also one visitor can provoke the same effect if he stays on one carpet without step out more then 3 minutes.
Installation Screen is a part of a project Limited Spaces which includes 2 works more. The time of performance of two installations Cube and Screenis 30-40 minutes. Each installation deals with a limited space and a dancer inside of it. The conditions of performers are different.
Installations relate to each other by light and sounds. Light of Cube installation reflects onScreens one. Both installations work are functioning in the same time with 10 minutes delay between. Cube installation begins and Screensaction starts 15 minutes later.