This workshop will investigate the relationship between sound, touch, movement and technology. The participants will engage various wireless technologies in creating short interactive performance projects. The particular focus will be given to the investigation of sound-action pairs and the role of touch in their formation. The workshop will culminate into the project presentations and feedback discussion. Presented by Juraj Kojs, musician and technologist and Carlota Pradera, dancer and choreographer. The workshop is open to artists and technologists from any discipline, and part of this year’s New York Electronic Art Festival.
[Jul 1] Workshop: Sound, Touch and Action
Juraj Kojs, Carlota Pradera
Mon, Jul 1, 1pm to 6pm
Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker
The workshop is based on the inquiries made in Touch Me Hear, an experimental interdisciplinary work that develops the metaphor of prosthesis as a vehicle for expressing our attachment to and detachment from the world. The participants are invited to experience the performance at New York Electronic Arts Festival prior to attending the workshop.
In particular, we will investigate the relationship between sound, touch and technology. The participants will engage wireless sensors, haptic interfaces and touch-based controllers in creating short interactive performance projects. The particular focus will be given to the exploration of sound-action pairs and the role of touch in their formation. The workshop will culminate into the project presentations and feedback discussion. Presented by Juraj Kojs, musician and technologist and Carlota Pradera, dancer and choreographer. The workshop is open to artists and technologists from any discipline.
Juraj Kojs is a Slovakian composer, performer, multimedia artist and producer permanently residing in the US. Juraj’s creative and research work reaches to the areas of music at the threshold of hearing, action-based acoustic and electroacoustic music, cyberinstruments created with physical modeling synthesis, tactile music, native instruments from central Europe, contemporary concert music, dance music, interactive audio-visual performance, muscle-powered multimedia, music with everyday objects and toys and graphic notation. Miami New Times described his muscle-powered multimedia Neraissance as “striking and unforgettable.”
Juraj is a co-founder of Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA) based in Miami, FL. He holds a PhD. in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia, having taught at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark, Yale University and University of Virginia. Kojs currently teaches courses in the Audio Production Department at Ai Miami International University of Art and Design and University of Miami. www.kojs.net
Carlota Pradera, Sabadell (Barcelona), Spain, 1979.
Holds a BA in performance and choreography from Florida International University, 2009. Carlota has been involved in the professional contemporary dance scene of South Florida since 2001 to the present through performance collaborations and original works at Florida Dances, The Emerging Choreographers Series, Here & Now, Moving Currents, and more. In 2011, she presents and produces “Pradera & Collaborators” with original works ‘Looking Back’ and ‘Think Like a Guy’, and in 2012, “Aquarius Juice” is commissioned for the Here & Now: 2012 by Miami Light Project. She has received support by CCE Miami and Anchor Arts Management (Professional Dancers Fund) and has been awarded the professional development grants Artist Access Grants (Movement Research | Winter Melt, 2004 and Trisha Brown Summer Intensive, 2007), and an Artist Enhancement Grant (Trisha Brown Summer Intensive, 2007). Carlota is strongly inclined and interested on interdisciplinary approaches to create works that hold originality and risks in relation to contemporary times as well as building conscious community outreach endeavors by bringing movement to the underserved. carlotapradera.blogspot.com