A vanguard experiment in untethered performance for digital morphologies.
Body Crysis / 身體災變 is a choreographic work with (re)animated bodies, stretching the bounds of our newfound digital corporeality. It transmutes dance, motion capture and CG animation into a simultaneous, shared performance between Newport and Taipei, in the flesh and online.
Long time collaborators Harrison Hall and Sam Mcgilp have teamed up with NAXS Future, a Taipei-based media art collective to present a hybrid live/digital dance work of impossible choreography, biomimicry and techno-morphology.
Performed simultaneously at The Substation and online, Body Crysis / 身體災變 is the culmination of two years of experiments in motion capture and digital choreography by two artists who are fast gaining a reputation for their visionary approach to genre fluid performance .
The Substation Main Space will be transformed into an animated environment enveloped by projection. Embracing the glitch, dancers move in states of shared embodiment with digital forms and each other. Body Crysis / 身體災變 is decentralised and untethered. It will be performed synchronously in an online, purpose-built, digital environment created by NAXS Future, available to view worldwide, while formidable quintet Prairie WWWW transmit both audio and 3D depth data live from Taipei directly to The Substation.
Please be advised that this performance contains haze and high noise levels.
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Meet the Artists
Harrison Hall’s work situates contemporary performance and dance in experiential art environments. His recent works traverse states of flux within digital and live worlds, working to increase the embodied experience in mixed digital and live performance contexts.
Recently he was awarded a Solitude1 Residency from Chunky Move and the Tanja Liedtke foundation in which alongside Luca Dante, he spawned Maelstrom, a multi-channel digital choreography installation premiering at MARS Gallery (Melbourne) and Metro Arts (Brisbane) in late 2021. Through Chunky Move, he also presented BONANZA! with Dr. Sam McGilp, a PerformancexDialogue media artwork that included conversations with NAXS corp (Taiwanese audiovisual art collective) and Lu Yang (Chinese digital artist). This work was a 2021 Green Room Award Finalist and selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival.Dr Sam McGilp Read more +
Dr Sam McGilp is a media artist working in contemporary performance contexts based on Wurundjeri country in Naarm. He creates collaborative modes of making with performers through playful and experimental interactions with media that expand the potential dramaturgies of live performance and interrogate the place of the body in our increasingly digital experience.
Together with digital choreographer Harrison Hall, he has created a body of work at the intersection of Dance and contemporary digital practice through films (Bonanza! – Chunky Move – MIFF 2021, The Venusian Slip – 2019), performance works (Running Machine – Arts House – 2022), hybrid digital/live works (Body Crysis – The Substation – 2022), as well as contributions to discourse (Taipei Performing Arts Centre’s Adam Lab – 2021, ANAT Multiplicity Conference – 2022).
He was a 2021 recipient of Creative Victoria’s Creators Fund Grant to investigate motion capture as a methodology for creating expanded digital dramaturgies for live contemporary performance, and his projects have been awarded grants from the Australia Council, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and Besen Family Foundation.Prairie WWWW Read more +
Prairie WWWW is an experimental rock band from Taipei. Their music combines Taiwanese poetry, folk, ambient and indigenous tribal elements. The band seeks inspiration from the might of nature, and with a mixture of sounds and visual arts in their performances, they manage to bring forward a unique soundscape, visually and aurally, to their audiences.NAXS Future Read more +
NAXS FUTURE is a new media art studio committed to experimental creations and services including web based online experiences, NFT, game art, VR and audio-visual performances.
We collaborate with artists and brands to dive into the Metaverse, deeply exploring the forefront of digital culture and virtual technology, and looking for the possibility of future aesthetics.
NAXS FUTURE was established in 2021, but its predecessor, the art collective NAXS CORP, has more than 10 years of experience in creating new media art. The team has been awarded the first prize in the Digital Art Performance Award with the VR theater production Render Ghost, and presented the piece at Ars Electronica in Austria, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and Times Art Museum in Beijing. NAXS also collaborated with renowned brands, such as NETFLIX, HTC and fashion designer Angus Chaing, Shao Yen for international productions.
Based on the self-developed multi-player experiment framework, NAXS has released a series of game-style online experimental performances at UNSOUND Festival, LEV Festival and Rewire Festival since 2020.