What We Do

Welcome

 

The Movement Lab is a flexible modular space for movement research, exploration, production, collaboration, and interdisciplinary interaction. The Lab’s trans-media function serves to enhance critical thinking and learning through body and brain connection as it seeks to explore emerging trajectories in art science and technology. Our programming and projects include:

 

Moving Body, Moving Image Festival

The Moving Body–Moving Image Festival gives voice to social and social justice themes in the hybrid form of filmmaking, also called ScreenDance. The 2018 inaugural one-day festival focused on the brown body and its representation on screen through two programs of films, selected student films, roundtable discussions, receptions, and an installation by dancer/visual artist Ayo Janeen Jackson.

The festival's feature conversation was between Oscar-nominated producer Lisa Cortes, known for Precious(2009) and Shadowboxer (2005), and Bessie Award-winning dance critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

Moving Body–Moving Image is created and curated by Gabri Christa, assistant professor of professional practice. The 2020 Festival will center around the OTHER Body, a moving body outside the norm of beauty, aging, disabled and otherwise not considered within the norm. Submissions open in the fall of 2019.

 

Installations

We host interactive installations from our community and guest artists alike. To mark our Grand Opening, Keira Heu-jwyn Chang (aka SpatialK) brought her interactive installation Ball Pit, a responsive video projection  to inspire PLAY and CURIOSITY about interactive performance technology in the dance community and to inspire movement in everyone. The animation responded to the user’s movement as you travel through the space. The bigger the movement, the bigger the reaction.

 

Classes & Workshops

Our space can be used for guest workshops and Barnard courses that emphasize the intersection of movement and technology. For example, Keira Heu-jwyn Chang will lead a workshop where participants will play with inexpensive, coin-sized sensors which can be sewn into costumes with conductive thread. Students can explore how to use position, acceleration, light exposure and touch input to control a variety of outputs like LED lights, sound elements, and video. We will also be hosting new courses, like Coding Choreography.