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|Nell Breyer and Jonathan Bachrach|
i:move is a performance / installation series that explores how we perceive movement. It embeds daily activities into formal choreography and is being developed for public spaces that are bottlenecks of human motion. It has been on view at MIT, DTW Gallery and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in New York in 2003-2004.
Pedestrian traffic is tracked and transformed into 2-dimensional shadow play. Continuous motion trails occur like reliable yet unpredictable weather patterns. i:move captures and processes these daytime patterns, imbedding them into video projection. Pedestrians become performers. Live motion folds into the piece, revealing layers of text or motion streams that echo earlier daytime movements in the space.
Through i:move, participants' motion is revealed in varying rhythms, contours, fragments and and repetitive shapes, highlighting the patterns occurring at each site, over a 24-hour cycle. i:move transforms the repetitive rhythms and rituals of daily activity into live performance.
Nell Breyer is currently a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. From 2000-2002, Nell conducted research on digital video technologies at the Media Laboratory for Arts & Sciences (MIT).
Jonathan Bachrach is currently a research scientist at the MIT AI Lab studying sensor networks, robotics, and new programming languages. He studied at studied at UCSD and the University of Mass Amherst.
More of Nell's work can be seen online at http://xenia.media.mit.edu/~nbreyer/4.html