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.