Sophie Kahn Body/Traces

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6 min 40 secs

Description:
Co-directors: Lisa Parra & Sophie Kahn. Choreographer: Lisa Parra. 3D scanning & animation: Sophie Kahn. 2D animation: Lisa Parra. Sound: Sawako Kato. Dancers: Tina Vasquez and Lisa Parra. Editing: Lisa Parra. Assistant Editor: Silvia Zaya Serra. Image © Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Sophie Kahn Body/Traces

Dimensions:
6 min 40 secs

Description:
Co-directors: Lisa Parra & Sophie Kahn. Choreographer: Lisa Parra. 3D scanning & animation: Sophie Kahn. 2D animation: Lisa Parra. Sound: Sawako Kato. Dancers: Tina Vasquez and Lisa Parra. Editing: Lisa Parra. Assistant Editor: Silvia Zaya Serra. Image © Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Sophie Kahn Body/Traces

Dimensions:
6 min 40 secs

Description:
Co-directors: Lisa Parra & Sophie Kahn. Choreographer: Lisa Parra. 3D scanning & animation: Sophie Kahn. 2D animation: Lisa Parra. Sound: Sawako Kato. Dancers: Tina Vasquez and Lisa Parra. Editing: Lisa Parra. Assistant Editor: Silvia Zaya Serra. Image © Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Sophie Kahn Body/Traces

Dimensions:
6 min 40 secs

Description:
Co-directors: Lisa Parra & Sophie Kahn. Choreographer: Lisa Parra. 3D scanning & animation: Sophie Kahn. 2D animation: Lisa Parra. Sound: Sawako Kato. Dancers: Tina Vasquez and Lisa Parra. Editing: Lisa Parra. Assistant Editor: Silvia Zaya Serra. Image © Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Dimensions:
6 min 40 secs

Description:
Co-directors: Lisa Parra & Sophie Kahn. Choreographer: Lisa Parra. 3D scanning & animation: Sophie Kahn. 2D animation: Lisa Parra. Sound: Sawako Kato. Dancers: Tina Vasquez and Lisa Parra. Editing: Lisa Parra. Assistant Editor: Silvia Zaya Serra. Video © Sophie Kahn and Lisa Parra. Used here by kind permission from the artists. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

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Sophie Kahn & Lisa Parra
Body/Traces

Body/Traces is a single-channel, looping video installation, made in stop-motion using a DIY laser scanner. It was designed to be shown in a small, darkened space with the dancer projected at life-size. During the process, the artists addressed the questions: What happens to the body in motion when it becomes a still image? And what becomes of that image when it is returned to the moving body whence it came?

Body/Traces was an international collaboration. Lisa, based in Madrid, created the choreography on video. She then sent it to Sophie in New York, who worked with dancer Tina Vasquez to re-enact the movement in stop-motion. Sophie scanned each pose with a DIY 3D laser scanner, then rendered the resulting scans in 3d.  Lisa then took the 1000 2D images and reconstructed the ‘choreography’ by animating the image sequences in Final Cut Pro where it became movement once again, but in a much altered form.  The results are an imperfect document of the traces left by the dancer’s body in space; an abstracted record of the motion of the body at a specific point in time.

Composer Sawako Kato crated a sound score by recording field sounds of the EMPAC building and moving bodies within the space, focusing on the interaction between bodies in motion and the environment. The final audio is a collage that weaves industrial/spatial sounds together with sounds of the moving body.

Body/Traces was a 2008-2009 Dance Movies Commission, supported by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

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Sophie Kahn studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul. Her video work has been screened in festivals including Transmediale, Zero1 San Jose Biennial, Dance Camera West, Trampoline, Frequency and the Japan Media Arts Festival. She taught...