Artist in Residence
LaJuné has had the opportunity to show and speak about their work at Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, Leaders in Software and Art, Creative Tech Week, and Art && Code's Weird Reality. They were the Character Animator for NeuroSpeculativeAfrofeminism which premiered at Sundance in 2017, and toured at various festivals and conferences.
LaJuné was previously the Director of Skating at Figure Skating in Harlem, where they integrated STEAM and Figure Skating to teach girls of color about movement and technology. They will continue their research on Blackness, Movement, and Technology during Eyebeam's Access Residency, starting in November 2018. At Barnard LaJuné will teach: an introduction to Motion Capture, rigging and Modeling tool, learn how to import characters with animation to enhance Virtual environments, and discuss and brainstorm ways to integrate motion capture and extended reality into performance.
Student Artists in Residence
Our inaugural program gives two students each semester an opportunity to do research and have first option for space use. The students proposed a research project. Kosta Karakashyan is a Dance Major and Allison Costa is a Dance and Computer Science Major, combining both her Majors in one thesis research project.
Kosta Karakashyan (CC' 19, Dance) is a Bulgarian director, choreographer, and writer. Using performance, film, choreography, and text, he investigates how to nurture tenderness, empathy, and intimacy in an increasingly anxious, violent, and political world.
He is researching two upcoming spring projects in the Movement Lab: a series of audiovisual vignettes on desire and joy (in collaboration with composer Jude Icarus, projection artist Sophie Visscher, and dramaturg Hannah Story Brown) for CoLab's SplitBill Evening, shared with fellow Dance major Nadia Halim, and his Senior Creative Thesis, a flamenco/contemporary solo investigating anxiety and burnout using improvisation and biosensing responsive lighting, co-choreographed with Melinda Marquez and in technical and creative collaboration with the Movement Lab's Studio Manager and Technical Designer Guy de Lancey. Kosta's latest project was the documentary dance film Waiting for Color about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in the Chechnya.
Photo: Alan Byland
Allison (Allie) Costa (BC’ 19, Dance and Computer Science) is a New York City based dancer, poet, burgeoning choreographer and computer scientist focusing on humancomputer interaction.
Fascinated with finding ways to visualize the intangible, she is experimenting with using technology to expand our understanding of human movement potential, as well as using graphics and dance to physicalize data, the immaterial information “stored” in computers. This Spring, using the Movement Lab, she will be investigating inherent movement inclinations in dancers. Specifically, she will examine improvisation and how, if given feedback via technology, a dancer can adjust their movement to minimize redundancy and expand their range. She hopes to unite the two universal languages of dance and technology to engage a larger audience and breakdown the gap between these two symbiotic fields.