As software is integrated into evermore consumer products, and computing devices shrink asymptotically while acquiring unprecedented sensory capabilities, the performed gestures of the human body have become the interface mechanism of choice for emerging technologies. The body—its movements, speech, and intended and inadvertent signifying—are the means by which computing devices discern and predict human intentionality.
Computing devices may be able to sense human gesture, but consistently gleaning actionable intentionality from the astronomical diversity of human bodies and expressivity remains an unsolved engineering problem. Recent software failures in this arena include the early Nest Thermostats' inability to differentiate between hand gestures for "turn off" and "I'm on fire,"; Google image search's confusion of African Americans for gorillas; and the Microsoft Kinect turning itself on when it is talked about, instead of talked to.
The volatility of this technological environment demands careful consideration and coordination between disparate sectors that don't customarily intersect. As such, the Conference for Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI) will convene a diverse set of experts- including choreographers, anthropologists, technologists and musicians, among others- for invitation-only programming that explores the potential for shared research, creative projects, and palavers on the future of human / computer interfaces.
CRCI was founded by Sydney Skybetter, who is a Professor and Public Humanities Fellow at Brown University, and is hosted by
Sydney Skybetter -- Founding Producer
Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer. His dances have been performed around the country at such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and The Joyce Theater. As a Founding Partner with the Edwards & Skybetter | Change Agency, he has consulted on issues of change management and technology for The National Ballet of Canada, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York University and The University of Southern California, among others. A sought-after speaker, he lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism, most recently at Harvard University, South by Southwest Interactive, TEDx, Saatchi and Saatchi, Dance/USA, NYU and MVR5. He is a Public Humanities Fellow and faculty member at Brown University, where he researches the problematics of human computer interfaces and mixed reality systems. He produces shows at Joe’s Pub, SteelStacks and OBERON with DanceNOW[NYC], and is the winner of a RISCA Fellowship in Choreography from the State of Rhode Island.
Kiri Miller -- Co-Producer
Kiri Miller is Professor of American Studies and Music (Ethnomusicology) at Brown. Her work focuses on participatory culture, popular music, interactive digital media, and virtual/visceral performance practices. Her latest book, Playable Bodies: Dance Games and Intimate Media(Oxford, 2017), investigates how dance video games teach choreography, remediate popular music, invite experimentation with gendered and racialized movement styles, and stage domestic surveillance as intimate recognition. Her previous monographs are Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (Oxford, 2012) and Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism (Illinois, 2008). Miller completed the Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology) at Harvard in 2005 and was a Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta before joining the Brown faculty in 2007. She has published articles in Ethnomusicology, New Media & Society, Game Studies, American Music, 19th-Century Music, the Journal of American Folklore, Oral Tradition, and the Journal of the Society for American Music. In 2010-11 she held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Council of Learned Societies. Miller's regular course offerings include American Roots Music, Musical Youth Cultures, Digital Media and Virtual Performance, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Music and Technoculture, and Ethnography of Popular Music.
Kevin Clark -- Director of Programming
Kevin Clark was Director of Platform at New Music USA, and is an expert in arts grant making and software product development. He is responsible for New Music USA's custom grant making platform, which allows musicians to apply for funding quickly and easily, and allows New Music USA to develop a community around funded projects. His consulting practice centers on increasing the efficiency of grant making through technology, and supporting technology driven change in arts organizations. As a composer, he experiments with business models and collaboration techniques as much as with pitches and rhythms. His works include opera, symphonic, chamber, and choral music, as well as sketch comedy and web video. His work supporting artists has brought him to speak at Cooper Union, The San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, The New School, General Assembly, the Awesome Foundation, and NAMP among others. His current research applies economic principles to the lives of individual artists.
Ariane Michaud -- Programming Associate
Ariane Michaud is a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer and management consultant for the arts based in New York, NY. She graduated with honors from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance, and has performed as a professional dancer in the USA, Central America and China. Ariane is the current Director of Communications for JUNTOS Dance Collective, a non-profit organization that encourages cultural exchange through dance and travel to Central America, the Social Media Strategist for Doppelgänger Dance Collective and a dance instructor and choreographer represented by Liberate Artists Agency. Most recently, she has also accepted a lead position at Behavior Delta, a Behavior Design firm. Ariane often pursues her work as a freelance artist and consultant while enjoying her love of travel.