Multimedia artist Choy Ka Fai has been selected by the EU Vertigo STARTS programme to collaborate with the Moving Digits project in a 6-month residency. It was hosted by the Hochschule Düsseldorf as one of the Moving Digits project partners. Inspired by the concept of post-human choreography, Choy Ka Fai’s project “Constellation of the Flesh” speculates on choreographic expressions of Trance culture in dance, movement and music and explores the possibilities of digital dance techniques as a supernatural dance experience, using VR. The project ended in March 2020. It had the original working title of “Technological Flesh” and has been funded with 15 000 Euros. It has been showcased at the final STARTS event at Le Centquatre, Paris and at tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf
The EU STARTS Residencies programme aims to support and fund artistic residencies that bring original artistic contributions to technology-based projects. From 164 artists’ applications for 72 technology-based projects that were submitted in the last Call, the international jury of high-profile experts in the wide array of arts, technology and science fields has selected 20 international artists who will be collaborating with Tech Teams in the period of April 2019 to March 2020.
STARTS (Science, Technology & the Arts) is an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its purpose is to support collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers to develop more creative, inclusive, and sustainable technologies. More information on the STARTS Residencies can be found here: https://vertigo.starts.eu/
About Moving Digits:
Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience aims to enhance audience understanding and engagement in contemporary dance performances, and to allow to experience dance in an augmented way (even after the performance). The project also aims to empower dancers, choreographers and technicians with further tools for expression, archival and analysis. The project is a partnership between Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI, Portugal – Lead Partner), Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD, Germany) and Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL, Estonia). Plux (Portugal), Tanzhaus NRW (Germany) and University of Greenwich (UK) are associated partners. Project no. 597398-CREA-1-2018-1-PT-CULT-COOP1, co-funded by Creative Europe – Culture Sub-programme, 2018 – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union. Link: movingdigits.eu
About Choy Ka Fai:
Choy Ka Fai an artist and performance maker. He is inspired by the histories and theorizations that together contain the uncertainties of the future. His research springs from a desire to understand the conditioning of the human body, its intangible memories and the forces shaping its expressions. These factors converge into complex articulations at the intersection of art, design and technology. Ka Fai graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with MA in Design Interaction in 2011 and was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore, in 2010. He was the resident artist at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin from 2014-2015. His projects have been presented in major festival worldwide, including Sadler’s Wells London (2016), ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna ( 2015) and Tanz Im August, Berlin (2015 & 2013). Link: www.ka5.info