Nerve engine [portfolio]

Milledge, Russell. (2013) Nerve engine [portfolio]. [NTRO Portfolio]

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This is a portfolio of the following works:

Nerve Engine [Exhibition], 2013 Brisbane Festival Theatre Republic QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 10-14 September 2013.

Terrestrial Nerve [Performance], Centre of Contmeporary Arts Cairns, Ausdance Queensland 2012 Creative Development Fund, Brisbane Festival 2013, QUT Creative Industries Precincts.

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Research Statement

Research Background As new technologies further the experimental possibilities of intermediality (Higgins 1966), new forms of artistic collaboration and audience participation become possible. This raises questions about the nature of audience collaboration within live performance (Auslander 2008, Benford and Giannachi 2011). Investigating how we might create software that is capable of improvisation alongside dancers, this work sought to ‘augment’ the dancer with camera vision systems and wearable sensors, extending the kineasethetic experience for both the dancer and the audience.
Research Contribution As chief investigator, director and technical director, Milledge led a team of software programmers to create a spatial design incorporating projection mapping, particle systems and sonic design. Software processes were developed in response to performer and audience interactions, and generated a responsive, sensored environment that created animated sequences to be projected back into the scenography. Particle systems, responsive in real time, and wearable devices were used to control and trigger sounds to create a contemporary and transdisciplinary intermediality, inclusive of analogue and digital practices, the body and technology in live performance.
Research Significance Nerve Engine was a major outcome of Milledge’s Digital Associates Residency with QUT’s Creative Industries researchers. It was funded by Arts Queensland, Cairns Regional Council, KickArts, the Australia Council, Ausdance and New Move Network. First presented at the 2013 Brisbane Festival, the work was also part of the Brisbane Festival’s Theatre Republic program and has been presented at the Centre of Contemporary Arts (Cairns) and The Block at QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct. Milledge has since been invited to peer review for the Australia Council, and a further Australia Council-funded iteration of the work, Terrestrial Nerve, also featured at the Brisbane Festival in 2013.
Item ID: 52213
Item Type: NTRO Portfolio
Keywords: performance, choreography, media design, media arts, visual programming, creative arts, intermedia, interactive performance, art and technology
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Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 04:41
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