(Written July 8, 2017)
Before I can tell you what the deal is with "The Station" I have to give you a small bit of back story. The degree I have been working toward for the last two years is an MFA in Dance, Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance...what the heck is that, you ask? My degree is an interdisciplinary degree that comes from a fusion of coursework in both the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre (FDT), as well as, the School of Arts Media and Engineering (AME), where my degree is focused on intersecting dance and technology. This can be anything from screendance/dance for camera, to using live projection in performance, to working with sensors as a means for collecting data about movement, to...well, the possibilities are kinda endless. Coming into the program I thought I was going to focus primarily on screendance; however, I am totally plummeting (yep, still falling) down the rabbit hole of exploring movement in connection with real time processing. I am super interested in finding ways to design experiences where my audience becomes the performer, or user as I like to call them. And, where my users can interact physically with digital mediums. Wait what???
Example #1: I recently built a two person swing that would capture the incoming sounds of people talking and utilized a directional sensor (ADXL335 - 5V ready triple-axis accelerometer) to control a series of delays that would play the delayed conversations back to the users through a pair of builtin speakers. Check out the video below for more info.
Example #2: I am just going to let the video speak for itself.
How do these examples relate to "dance," well that is a conversation for another day. In other words, you will have to stay tuned to my future blogs :)
As a result of the type of projects I am currently exploring, I am in a bit of a unique situation. Traditional dance spaces are not really useful (available to me through FDT), nor are traditional design spaces (available to me through AME), thus I have been on the hunt for the last two years or so to find a place on campus where I can work, explore, design, build, create, etc. My efforts were not in vain, on June 15th I received and email informing me that space had been found for me to use in Tower A on the ASU Tempe campus. A space that used to be an old ASU radio station. Oh, there it is, I finally got to the point of this post. My new studio space used to be an old radio station (virtual video tour below), thus I have deemed it "The Station." Dude, I totally flippin scored, this space is absofrigginlutely amazing!!! Seriously, it is amazing. I am so extremely grateful. Huge shout out to all those who helped make this happen!!!
The Station Virtual Video Tour (Before any improvements have been made)