Multiplicitous States is a collaborative research project between Sweeney and computer programmer Antonio Roberts, which highlights ‘slow digital’ processes that explore and contaminate the space between live movement composition and digital authorship, as based on experimentations between choreography and digital glitch art.
Thanks to the advancements of motion capture technologies, human body movements can be accurately captured and made digital, however the translation of the body from physical to digital is fraught with errors and glitches, and it is precisely in this faulted space that Multiplicitous States locates the role of the technologist as performative, animating the fragility and deviation of technology as a performance proposition, drawing equally from deconstructionist ‘glitch’ art and degenerative somatic processes found within Japanese Butoh dance.
The work expands on Anne Weinstone’s posthuman proposition of the ‘avatar body’ as also Andre Lepecki’s trope of ephemerality in performed movement practices in order to interrogate affective choreography, where Sweeney and Robert’s performance operates in the merger between live movement composition, the re-articulation of live movement composition via recorded and projected movements of the dancers’ body, and also those emergent digitised bodily figures that result within glitch programming, the latter occurring as both non sequential and non determinant.
THRESHOLD festival, Liverpool 2017
Moving Bodies Festival, Dublin 2015/16
Ascension Screendance Festival Liverpool 2014
LightNight Commission FACT Multimedia Centre with MercyOnline 2014