AffeXity – Geospatial tagging using AR browser Argon

CHOREOGRAPHING AFFECT USING AUGMENTED REALITY ON MOBILE DEVICES

Browse for hidden choreographies in your city – view layers of movement using the Argon Augmented Reality browser on your mobile phone – contribute your own movement images to the growing collection of locative media choreographies. Playing on both ‘affect city’ and ‘a-fixity’, AffeXity is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, social choreography project drawing together dance, geo-spatially tagged visual imagery, and people using mobile-networked devices. Located in Medea’s wider research and production profile, this is a particularly material and performative example of the “Internet of Things.”

Contact: Susan Kozel, Medea

Keywords: affect, cities, dance video, mobile devices, Argon, geotagged social choreographies, augmented reality

Update: AffeXity is one of the archives-in-process that are being explored in the Living Archives research project: livingarchives.mah.se

Project description
Cities are made up of layers of choreographies, these are patterns of relations between people, technologies, and architectures. AffeXity will insert additional choreographic video layers viewed through Argon, a free open-source augmented reality browser. These layers of dance emphasise ebbs and flows of affect; they are created and sensed by bodies in motion.

Playing on both ‘affect city’ and ‘a-fixity’, AffeXity is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, social choreography project drawing together dance, geo-spatially tagged visual imagery, and people using mobile-networked devices. Located in Medea’s wider research and production profile, this is a particularly material and performative example of the “Internet of Things.”

The first city for AffeXity will be Malmö, Sweden. Short dance video narratives shot in the city with a focus on amplifying affect and corporeality will be geospatially tagged and accessed by using Argon. As an audience member you can experience hidden choreographies as part of an official performance event (see MEDEA site for details of première in autumn 2012) or you can explore on your own, using your own devices according to your own rhythms. At a later stage of technical and artistic development, we will promote the use of Argon for affective locative choreographies created in other cities. This crowdsourcing phase will take place in conjunction with Dance-Tech.net and other social networking communities.

This project has several phases of artistic research and production:

Phase 01 : movement & visual explorations of affect at the Laboratorium Dansens Hus Copenhagen (November 2011).
Phase 02 : technological development and explorations of mobile affective choreographies
Phase 03 : refinement of tagging and interaction
Phase 04 : première as part of Medea performance event
Phase 05 : crowdsourcing phase, AffeXity in multiple cities through social networking.

Affexity is a collaboration between:
Susan Kozel (Medea, Malmö University, Sweden)
Jeannette Ginslov (screendance artist and Director of MoveStream, Denmark)
– Timo Engelhardt (Master’s student in the Media Software Design programme, Malmö Högskola, Sweden)
Jay David Bolter (Mixed Environments Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Maria Engberg (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Georgia Tech USA)
– Wubkje Kuindersma (Dance Artist, Copenhagen)
– Additional screendance artists, choreographers, and dancers to be confirmed.

Follow the AffeXity project on affexity.tumblr.com, facebook.com/AffeXity or browse the tag AffeXity on medea.mah.se.

See AffeXity Proposal Video embedded below, or here on YouTube.

Affexity demonstration at the MEDEA Christmas After Work, December 2011 (here on YouTube)

See AffeXity example videos in the playlist embedded below, or here on YouTube.