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6th Choreographic Coding Lab – Choreographic navigations in mixed reality environments.

February 15th-19th, 2016  |  9:00am – 5:00pm daily.
Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT City Campus.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS from artists working with choreography, code and digital media.
Indication of interest now closed.
Full application now closed.

The 6th Choreographic Coding Lab (CCL) will be hosted at Colab, AUT. Twenty five participants will develop projects over five days in an incubator workshop to explore the question of how choreographic thinking can be applied in environments extended by digital technologies. For this Auckland iteration of CCL we invite the following questions as catalysts for experimentation:

What can choreography bring to the design of human-computer interfaces?

Can the relational thinking of the Pacific inform agency in virtual environments?

Initiated in 2013 as part of the Motion Bank research project of The Forsythe Company, Choreographic Coding Labs are focused on the research and creation of interactive digital dance events.

  • Are you an artist working creatively with code and digital media with an interest in movement?
  • Are you a choreographer and/or dancer interested in exploring augmented reality through interaction with digital media?
  • Are you a computer programmer interested in the creative application and inhabitation of data through dance?

Write us an email with your submission of interest by 16 November 2015 to participate in the 6th CCL where movement hackers and practitioners will be gathering to discuss and workshop projects, ideas and challenges in a peer-to-peer setting.

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The Choreographic Coding Lab (CCL) format offers unique opportunities of exchange and collaboration for digital media ‘code savvy’ artists who have an interest in translating aspects of choreography and dance into digital form and applying choreographic thinking to their own practice. This format supports working with patterns in movement scores and structures through finding, generating and applying them with results ranging from prototypes for artworks to new plug-ins for working with dance related datasets.

The 6th CCL, curated by Carol Brown (Choreographic Research Aotearoa, Dance Studies, the University of Auckland) & Jennifer Nikolai (Colab, AUT), seeks to support a sustainable collaborative practice among its participants encouraging ongoing exchange in a growing artistic research community.

The week long workshop (15 – 19 Feb, 2016) will involve interactions with experienced local choreographers, dancers, programmers as well as members of the Motion Bank research team.

There is no fee (or payment) for participation, but applicants are asked to propose starting points and ideas. Collaborative teams involving coders, choreographers, object, sound and filmmakers are encouraged to apply. A selection will be made to ensure the right balance of participants and what they bring to the lab.


  1.  Submit your interest in participating via email to
  2.  You will be invited to attend the 2015 Motion Capture Symposium hosted by AUT and Colab on 23 November.
  3.  Following this, on 24 November you will attend a public workshop by Kim Vincs (Deakin Motion Capture Studio) (10 – 11am) then an afternoon of workshopping and deeper conversation with Kim (1 – 3pm). This workshop will assist you in becoming familiar with the studio, the possibilities and approaches in order to inform a brief project proposal stating project interest.
  4. This proposal will be due 1 December, 2015. At this stage, if artists wish to decline, this is an alternate option.
  5. Participants will be informed of an offer of a place no later than 11 December, 2015.
  6. Participants will arrive on the evening of 12 February, 2016 for an informal gathering, then begin exploration in the lab from Monday 15 – Friday 19 February 2016.


For further information please contact Harry Silver:
+64 27 2465332

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