Le Quotidien des Plateaux
Les Plateaux is an annual event organized by the French dance center, La Briqueterie. Dance companies are invited to show excerpts of their work to the general public and dance/theater professionals.
Le Quotidien, or daily newspaper, is a collaborative effort led each year by an established artist. In 2013, several photographers worked with Charles Freger to offer a portrait of Les Plateaux behind the scenes: the typically hidden backstage and rehearsals.
If/Then Installed is an interactive installation that invites viewers to physically imitate and virtually pilot a video projection of a dancer performing gestures from a choreographic system. As spectators imitate each movement, dialog emerges and it is soon the “learner” who controls the avatar.
If/Then Installed exhibition venues:
Muffathalle (Munich, Germany)
Museum for Contemporary Art/Admont Abbey (Admont, Austria), Centre Georges Pompidou/Vidéodanse (Paris, France)
Commissioned by ZKM for Notations exhibit (2009-2010) and permanent collection.
Coproduction: The Bakery, ZKM | Karlsruhe | Institute for Visual Media, ZKM | Media Museum, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, with support from CENTQUATRE.
Concept/Design: Richard Siegal, Frédéric Bevilacqua, Florent Bérenger, Hillary Goidell
Programming: Florent Bérenger, Jean-Philippe Lambert
Motion capture and programming: Frédéric Bevilacqua
Thanks to Incandescence, Thomas Pendzel, Fivos Maniatakos
DVD published by Hatje Cantz
Text by Peter Weibel/ZKM
American dancer and choreographer Richard Siegal is famed for his mergings of bodies and systems. In 2005 he created "If/Then," a piece for two dancers structured as a flowchart organized around gamelike rules: "If I do x, you do y or z," etc. The following year, Siegal collaborated with Hillary Goidell and Florent Berenger to create "If/Then Open Source," an online platform--"predicated on the belief that the beauty of systemic complexity resides in relinquishing individual control to the infinitely more qualified organizational abilities of community development"--whereby visitors can manipulate or add to the basic flowchart of a performance, creating new actions or dragging into new positions existing modules such as "Slap table with both hands simultaneously. Forearms on the table... Justification: An escape" and "Slap the other player as hard as you can. Justification: Violence is never justified." This DVD uses video and text excerpts to examine Siegal's work.
Photography, project production and coordination
If/Then Open Source
If/Then Open Source is the digital extension of a live dance created by Richard Siegal. The choreography is a series of games based on the syntactical system If/Then. During performances, the dancers choose their movements in turn from a set of pre-defined rules.
If/Then Open Source extends these gameplay ideas by offering an online system for collaborative creation. Participants contribute to the evolution of the piece by modifying existing rules or adding their own events using text, photo, drawings, sound and video.
Concept/Design: Richard Siegal, Florent Bérenger, Hillary Goidell
Programming: Florent Bérenger
SACD Prize, Monaco Dance Forum 2006.