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07.21.11 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, SCI-Arc
Merce Cunningham: Choreography and Collaborative Technology

Thursday, July 21, 7-9pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Holley Farmer, principal dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York, comes to SCI-Arc to discuss the intersection of movement, space, and technology.

Her work with Cunningham spans a decade in which this master of modern dance explored the potential of motion capture, simulation, and algorithmic computation as a medium for moving in space.

Over his 70-year career, Cunningham's ground breaking work and collaborations with John Cage have been an important touchstone for modern art and dance. SCI-Arc's Robot House has opened up a new arena for architects to explore the possibilities of collaboration and interaction. Cunningham's work offers a clear path for us to follow into new frontiers.

With an eye toward the SCI-Arc Robot House, Farmer will discuss this master's choreographic techniques, chance operations, and collaborations with technology. Immediately following the lecture will be a robotic movement demonstration in the lab.

Farmer's lecture is hosted in conjunction with the Robotic Confections and Confabulations seminar taught by SCI-Arc faculty member Devyn Weiser this summer at SCI-Arc. The class explores the work of Merce Cunningham and John Cage as part of its curriculum related to movement and notation. For this special lecture, students in the seminar created and staged an original multi-robot video in the robotics lab at SCI-Arc. The Robot House performance was made possible with the help of SCI-Arc students Chris Skeens, Curime Batliner, Brandon Kruysman, Jonathan Proto and Ana Herruzo Pierce.