Design And Performance Lab


(Moveable World)



Katsura Isobe as RedBlackWoman .(c) DAP-Lab, 2009


Concept for development of Moveable Worlds

DAP team members develop concepts and content/material for an interconnected series of short modular performance or installation sequences (wearable-polyphonic interaction-architecture).
The modules are intended to explore and observe physical / tactile performance and gestural action/motion (enacted by a musician, three dancers, three actors, and a percussionist/engineer) and through specially designed garments. The wearables connect the kinaesthetic/kinaesonic actions with interfacial design on the following levels:
1. music/sound - various polyphonies of real/actuated live sound and sampled resonators/amplificators
2. light and garment materials (garment styling)
3. photographic/video/film textures

4. photographic montage and animation (utilizing motion capture data from the gestural action and cloth)
5. space/changing spatiality (frames / boxes / combines)
6. other variables devised by social science (audio-vision) and design collaborators

(I) - developing garment and costume concepts for interfacial design (Michèle Danjoux)
- developing multiple short sequences with distinct lighting design, coloration, mood, and
communication system between the live and digital media, amplificational dresses and interactive elements
(II) - the developed performance media worlds or immersive spaces need to meet artistic, scientific, technical and magical challenges.
- The sequences happen spatiall on five hanamichi, five small worlds that can stand on their feet and be shown together, in whatever combination. The work is composed as a choreographic installation to be shown in different visual or music / design, digital art and dance or film festival contexts and in science & psychology/perception studies contexts

“Ground  plan
The collaboration is set in motion, in the first phase, for laboratory tests (under observation) for (1) percussionist and (2) dancer, each invited to perform a short improvisation and then develop content material with the composer/choreographer/ designer. A duet is devised for percussionist and dancer/actor, and also can evolve into trio using object (mannequin, sculpture, worktool) on stage.
The “stage  space is created through light and reflective (plexiglass/mirror) corridors: Retro-engineering a new arrangements from several (crossing) runways/catwalks, with elevated, leaning panels (screens) on adjacent sides within open field

At the same time as allusion is made to the fashion show, the space is meant to be open and distributed, multiperspectival, and also will reference the Japanese hanamichi / Kabuki stage

(Johannes Birringer)

For further conceptual notes on the research inspirations guiding UIKYO, see





For the development of the choreographic installation and its sonic interfaces , go to the February/March 2009 workshop images:





This research project is funded by a PM12 Connect/British Council Grant and a RDF (Brunel University) grant.

dance tech network site of Ukiyo project


All photos (c) DAP-Lab



a new project created in a research collaboration between DAP-Lab and Keio University / Inetdance Japan





all images from the new rehearsals and software design devopment at DAP Lab Studio (c) 2008 DAP Lab & Keio University/ inetdance



Further notes on design and performance concepts are published on this site.

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(c) dap 2007-08


Project directors: Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

Brunel University, West London