Motion Bank

5th Choreographic Coding Lab

September 14-19, 2015

Hosted by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA  (CAP UCLA) in partnership with UCLA Design Media Arts (DMA) 

The Choreographic Coding Labs (CCL) are an international series of events offering digital media ‘code savvy’ artists the opportunity to translate aspects of choreography and dance into digital form and apply choreographic thinking to their own practice. This is achieved through contact with a growing collection of data resources and tools emerging from research in the field of dance on the documentation and analysis of movement ideas and structures with world leading choreographers and dancers. The results of the series so far range from prototypes for artworks to new tools and plug-ins for working with dance-related datasets.

CCLs also seek to support a sustainable collaborative practice among its participants encouraging ongoing exchange in a growing artistic research community.

The CCLs are an outcome of the first phase of Motion Bank, a four-year research project of The Forsythe Company focused on the creation of on line digital scores with guest choreographers. This research involved the study, documentation and analysis of unique choreographic approaches, and many of the datasets and tools used behind the development of the Motion Bank scores are made available for the CCLs.

The UCLA partners are ideal for the organization of the 5th CCL. CAP UCLA has a unique commitment to the art of performance that includes support for groundbreaking boundary crossing works between the performing arts and other fields. The DMA is world renowned for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to media creation that fosters individual exploration and innovative thinking. This will be the first on-campus jointly sponsored project of these two extraordinary programs.

The week will be enriched by interactions with experienced local choreographers and members of the Motion Bank research team. The organizers of the CCL will facilitate internal exchanges, documentation and open-door moments. The CAP UCLA/DMA @UCLA space and equipment will be freely provided.

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,, NODE - Forum for Digital Arts, Processing Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.