Sandiland talks about live installation work incorporating pre-recorded film, and demonstrates the Isadora choreographic software. He frames this exercise in digital dance as ‘composite choreography and modulation of movement.’ He asks how a live body and a pre-recorded film can create a duet, and delves into the camera and kinaesthetic empathy.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2011 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.
Isadora by Troikatronix
Nic Sandiland is a UK based artist whose work focuses on choreography through the areas of installation, performance and film. He originally trained as an electronics engineer before studying dance and performance in the late 80s.
Over the past 20 years he has made movement-based works focusing around simple pedestrian choreography, as termed by such artists as Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown. He is particularly interested in engaging the everyday movements of the viewer in a choreographic context and since 2000 has increasingly employed interactive digital technology to do this. Recent work has drawn on cinematic techniques, such as slow motion and moving camera mechanisms as ways to elevate the mundane and often overlooked choreography of everyday life.
He has made work in London, Europe and South East Asia and has presented at theatres, art galleries, and many unusual venues. His film work has been shown worldwide and has been regularly broadcast on UK TV (Channel 4).
His work has been commissioned by such organisations as: the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Arts Centre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Artsdepot and he is a regular collaborator with choreographers Yael Flexer and Rosemary Lee. He has also worked as an interactive technology designer with companies such as Station House Opera and artists Gary Stevens and Imogen Stidworthy.
Nic has taught workshops on digital technology and dance around the World including: Bangalore, India and Seoul, South Korea. He also taught video production on the MA in dance film at London Contemporary Dance School and is a lecturer in fine art at Middlesex University.
Bio as published in 2011.