News: Alexander Whitley Dance Company brings new installation to London

Friday 2 November 2018

Alexander Whitley Dance Company: Strange Stranger (c) Tom Andrew

Strange Stranger is a performance and interactive light installation that investigates the idea of presence and the right to be forgotten in the digital age.

This exciting interactive work by Alexander Whitley Dance Company comes to London for the first time as part of the Digital Weekender at Watermans in Brentford on 10 & 11 November.

Whitley is known for his groundbreaking use of interactive technology to redefine the parameters of choreography. His work often investigates the impact of technology, such as artificial intelligence, on contemporary human experience.

For this new work, Whitley collaborates with Dutch light installation artists Children of the Light, British composer Beatrice Dillon and Italian creative technologists, Luca Biada and Michele Panegrossi of Studio FENYCE.

Drawing on the notion of a ‘data shadow’ – the digital profile formed from the traces of information we unintentionally leave behind through our routine interaction with technology – Strange Stranger explores the paradox of how, the more information we have access to, the stranger and more incomprehensible the world seems.

Within a grid of three-metre high towers, structures appear, transform and vanish into the shadows as light animates the live interactive space. Data from activity inside the installation is captured by motion sensors, leaving traces in the light and altering the subsequent character of the space. A performance by four dancers provides the initial data for the installation, placing a ‘shadow’ within the space for the public to encounter as they explore its dynamic forms.

Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and York Mediale, Strange Stranger premiered at York Mediale 2018.

Strange Stranger comes to Watermans on 10 & 11 November.

Photo: Strange Stranger © Tom Andrew

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