Design And Performance Lab


(Moveable World)

a mixed reality choreographic project created in a research collaboration between DAP-Lab and Japanese artists and researchers at Keio University

[ Ukiyo on dance tech net ]

Ukiyo Workshop 1

(Brunel University, May 2 - May 8, 2009, Antonin Artaud Centre)



Networked Virtual Performance Envirorments: London UKIYO LAB

The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance and DAP-Lab, School of the Arts, Brunel University (West London) announce:



UKIYO Laboratory May 2 May 8, 2009

Antonin Artaud Building

The UKIYO workhop in dance/performance, design and network technologies features artists and researchers from the DAP-Lab and its Japanese partner-guests from INETDANCE Japan/Keio University (Tokyo), as well as several guest artists including Michael Takeo Magruder, Elegant Child, Keiko Courdy & Danielle Wilde

The project involves collaborative exploration, research and experimentation conjoining artistic, technological and scientific disciplines. Based on a design libretto for the composition of a choreographic installation "Ukiyo" (Moveable World) the workshop develops performance ideas for linking physical performance spaces with virtual spaces/Second Life, and a diverse range of innovative wearable design and programming concepts, including:

choreographic movement decomposition

interactional design, audio processing and polyphonic wearables

photographic/videographic image composition for interactional performance

scenographic concepts for interactional choreography in networked virtual environments (telematic and Second Life)

avatar performance and animation/anime

programming of mixed reality environments

analysis of sensory processing, polyphonics, and multimodal perception


The workshop takes place every day from 14:oo to 22:oo in the Artaud Studios. Interested observers are welcome.

On Friday May 8, 14:oo - 22:oo, the team conducts open rehearsals presenting key principles and organizational methods of the workshop.


The UKIYO project will be conducted in 2009- 2010, resulting in several public exhibitions, a second workshop to be held in Tokyo (November 2009) possibly featuring a conference coordinated by Prof. Miki Wakamatsu and Yukihiko Yoshida, and the creation of an online research archive.


In 2010 the UKIYO installation will tour in Europe and Japan. We invite other institutions and art centers to get in touch with us about potential residencies and research partnerships. Antonin Artaud Building, Studio 101, Science Park off Cleveland Road, next to BitLab.

Contact: Birringer +44 (0)1895 267 343 johannes.birringer at Website:


Johannes Birringer, artistic director, DAP

-Lab Photos (c) Paul Verity Smith / Kagayan / DAP


We're accessible via the Metropolitan line. This is how you get to campus from Uxbridge Station:

School of Arts located in the Gaskell building (west side of campus, see map):

The Artaud Centre

Further directions, maps, and parking information:






This research project is funded by a PM12 Connect/British Council Grant, and a RDF (Brunel University) grant, and is supported by an award from The Japan Foundation.


Special thanks to Christian Kracht, author of "Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten" and Siegfried Zielinski's media archaeology.

dance tech network site of Ukiyo project


All photos (c) DAP-Lab




(c) dap 2009


Project directors: Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

Brunel University, West London