Open Call

Kick-Off May 6, Lab May 7-11, Brakke Grond Amsterdam

Are you an artist working creatively with code and digital media and are you interested in movement or contemporary dance? Then come join the next Choreographic Coding Lab hosted by Motion Bank, FIBER Festival and De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam.


Please apply sharing some thoughts on your interest in the lab, the skills and qualifications you will bring as well as some starting points and ideas for working in the lab. Collaborative teams involving coders, choreographers, object, sound and filmmakers interested in the Motion Bank research approach are very much encouraged to apply. Participation in the CCL is free, but a selection will be made to ensure the right balance of participants and what they bring to the lab including specialized software and hardware for working with movement data. The space and basic equipment (projectors and cables) will be provided, any specific equipment needs to be carried by the participants. Deadline for application is March 1st, 2017

The CCL will result in an open lab session on its last day. Experts and the interested public will be invited to look behind the scenes, test prototypes and ask questions.



Choreographic Coding Lab (CCL) is an internationally travelling format offering digital media artists the opportunity to translate aspects of choreography and dance into digital form and apply choreographic thinking to their own practice. In a one week interdisciplinary peer-to-peer setting, the participants work on their own projects, share knowledge, find new collaboration partners, discuss ideas and challenges. Previous CCLs have been joined by digital artists, musicians, architects, physicists and dancers, all bringing along a variety of emerging new media tools and setups that can be experimented with and explored for new artistic ideas. Results from the week might range from prototypes for artworks to new plugins for working with dance related datasets.

CCL will be one of a series of laboratories that happen in the framework of FIBER festival and that will allow for opportunities of high-level expert exchange. Thanks to the collaboration with the international dance platform ICKAmsterdam, the CCL will be enriched by input from selected choreographers who share their practice and pose questions from the perspective of the contemporary dance field. The week will be accompanied by Scott deLahunta, Motion Bank co-director, who will share perspectives and experiences from the Motion Bank research.

The CCL series is an outcome of Motion Bank (motionbank.org), a four-year research project of The Forsythe Company focused on the creation of digital dance scores with guest choreographers. This research involved the study, documentation and analysis of unique choreographic approaches. The datasets and tools used behind the development of the Motion Bank scores will be made available for the CCLs.

The CCL Amsterdam is supported by Goethe Institut Amsterdam.

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