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Is This Art? - Volume 13: Robotics, Intimacy & Melodious Beats - Contemporary Dance

Garry Stewart, Gina Czarnecki, Louis-Philippe Demers, Anouk Van Dijk, Goyi Tangale

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Is This Art? - Volume 13: Robotics, Intimacy & Melodious Beats - Contemporary Dance


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Blurring the boundaries between the fine and applied arts.

Is This Art? is a fascinating DVD series featuring interviews with leading practitioners and conceptual artists from media, performance, visual art, music and sound.

Each episode presents a series of interviews with contemporary artists intercut with images and recent footage of their work. The interviews provide insight to why, how and for whom these artists create their work, and where their passion and artistic inquiries originate from. Where are the boundaries between science, technology, politics, popular culture and art? Viewers are challenged with the question while witnessing the freeflow of imagination.

In this volume:

GARRY STEWART Artistic Director of ADT
GINA CZARNECKI New Media Artist 
LOUIS-PHILIPPE DEMERS Artist 
ANOUK VAN DIJK - Artistic Director 
GOYI TANGALE - Artistic Director of Wanted Posse

GARRY STEWART Artistic Director of ADT
2006 Helpmann Award Winners Garry Stewart has built a reputation for pushing dance- and his dancers-beyond conventional limits. In Devolution, Stewart collaborates with Canadian multi-disciplinary artist Louis-Philippe Demers and UK video artist Gina Czarnecki and goes one step further, with the introduction of robotics. Prosthetic limbs, large-scale ambulating robotic creatures, robotic spines and a kinetic set and lighting design-is the relationship between machine and body symbiotic or antagonistic? Exploring concepts of mutation and evolution, the nature of consciousness and co-habitation, Devolution pushes ADT's extraordinary, dancers in new directions, creating a unique world the likes of which theatre has never produced before.

GINA CZARNECKI

Gina Czarnecki is a British new media artist whose hybrid artworks result from intersections of film, video and computer-generated imagery. Until recently she headed the postgraduate course in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Beginning her career as an animator, Czarnecki embraced new media technologies, producing installation works such as Versifier, which was exhibited at ACMI as part of Remembrance + the Moving Image.

LOUIS-PHILIPPE DEMERS

Louis-Philippe Demers is a multidisciplinary artist using machines as media. He worked on the conception and production of several large-scale interactive robotic installations, so far realizing more than 225 machines. His robotics works could be found in theatre, opera, subway stations, art museums, science museums, music events and trade shows.

As a freelance designer, he develops, conceives and realizes interactive systems. He participated in more than seventy artistic and stage productions while collaborating with recognized artists such as: Bill Vorn, Christian Möller, Stelarc, Robert Lepage, Peter Gabriel and Le Cirque du Soleil.

His works have been awarded several prizes and were featured at major international venues such as Lille 2004, Expo 92, Expo 2000, Sonambiente, ISEA, SIGGRAPH and Sonar. He received three Interactive Kunst prizes Ars Electronica (Distinction 96) and one honorable mention in digital musics in 2005.

He received the first prize of artificial life Vida 2.0 and the prize for Interactive Lighting at Lightforms 98. Devolution received six prizes in 2006 including the Ruby Innovation Award in South Australia, Outstanding Performance from Australian Dance Awards and two Helpmann Awards, the Australian equivalent of the Broadway’s Tony.

ANOUK VAN DIJK - Artistic Director

Anouk van Dijk, born in 1965, in The Netherlands, graduated from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 1985. For almost a decade she was a lead soloist with companies including the Rotterdam Dance Group and Amanda Miller's Pretty Ugly Dance Company. Having started to choreograph works as early as 1989, Anouk van Dijk has created 15 full evening works and more than 20 shorter choreographies, receiving critical acclaim from international press and audiences

GOYI TANGALE - Artistic Director of Wanted Posse
Featuring the stars of the 2005 international hip-hop festival The stars of Breakin' Convention 2005, the annual international hip-hop dance theatre festival at Sadler's Wells appear in Australia for the first time ever for an evening of inspired hip-hop, breaking, popping, and beats. France's astonishing Wanted Posse perform their electric production Bad Moves-a showcase of what the body is capable of doing 'when scored to melodious beats', in a surreal world of humanoids, living in a parallel universe. Wanted Posse won the coveted 2001 World Breakdancing Championships.

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