Real Time Composition with João Fiadeiro and David Hales (2010)

Choreographer and researcher João Fiadeiro speaks with computer scientist David Hales on complex systems science, decentralised decision making, and their implications for social and community phenomena. They draw parallels between ‘stigmergy’ – decentralised coordination observed in, for example, ants – and Fiadeiro’s Real Time Composition system, which through the lab of dance, researches sustainable modes of social organisation, apart from ‘top down’ authority, suspending habit and knowledge, and outside linear conceptions of time. Hales speaks about the decentralised networking used in software development as another alternative model of organising.

This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2010 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.