Synchronous Objects flows from dance to data to objects.
Interactive video – information graphics – software tools – animation
what else might this dance look like?
Choreographic visualization reveals deep structure in choreographic masterworks and places dance at the center of interdisciplinary knowledge exchange, extending dance knowledge beyond the studio and stage.
Norah Zuniga Shaw, Maria Palazzi and William Forsythe
Published online March 2009 and launched at the Wexner Center for the Arts
This collaborative screen-based interactive project has been called paradigm shifting and has attracted millions of unique visitors online as well as hundreds of thousands of repeat users. Originally published online and available as open-source resource Synchronous Objects (2009), focuses on choreographic structure in a single masterwork by choreographer William Forsythe.
The dance is One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe.
The data are numeric translations of the choreographic structures in the work (cue, alignments, themes) as articulated by the choreographer and dancers.
The objects are a range of visualizations that step out in degrees of difference from the choreographic resource of the dance. In this project we ask “what else, besides the body, might physical thinking look like?” And our response is a series of 20 animations, interactive artworks and annotated videos visualizing deep structure within the work and repurposing it for myriad parallel virtual manifestations.
Funded by The Forsythe Foundation, Battelle Endowment, and The Ohio State University
Selected awards and exhibitions
New York Times, Sunday International Herald Tribune, Frankfurt Allgemeine, Infoaesthetics.com, VisualComplexity.com, Generator.x.com
Communication Arts 2010 – Winner “Interactive Annual”AdobeMax 2009 Awards – Finalist
Webby Awards 2009 – NominatedColumbus Society of Communicating Arts – Creative Best 2009 – Winner
“Best in Category-Interactive” and
“Judge’s Choice Award”
Coding the World: The Body in Code
Curator: Frederic Migayrou
Dance! Moves that Move Us!
Curator: Colleen Schmitz
Simon Center Gallery
Stony Brook University, NY USA
Curator: Flo Tarjan
BUDA Art Center
Curator: Jonas Rutgeerts
Taipei Arts Festival
William Forsythe Choreographic Objects Exhibition
Digital Incarnate Exhibition
San Francisco Dancefilm Festival
San Francisco, CA USA
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH USA
Curator: Charles Helm
New Orleans, LA USA
Information Aesthetics Showcase