danceroom Spectroscopy project wins fifth award for innovation

Issue date: 22 November 2013

Dr Tom Mitchell from UWE Bristol, an integral member of the team who developed danceroom Spectroscopy (dS), collected two Media Innovation awards for the project last night. Tom said, “This is the fifth award that we have won this year for the danceroom Spectroscopy project, we are all absolutely delighted.”

The first prize was for 'Best Installation' and the second was the judges' award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Innovation'

The judges thought dS was a ground-breaking project overcoming the perennial challenge of making a heavy and complex subject matter not only accessible but engaging, interactive and beautiful. By fusing science and art through innovative technical, creative and educational approaches they felt that the project showcased the true skill and talent this region has to offer. They added that the potential applications this flagship project has are numerous with the added benefit of educating children in a unique, fun and entertaining way.

Dr Tom Mitchell set up the interface for communications between the visual simulations and the music. He said, “The performance is a fully immersive experience for the audience who are seated within a 360 degree projection dome. We have produced a work of incredible beauty, creating an exciting piece of artwork that is inspired by science and made possible through cutting-edge technology. When particles vibrate, move and collide they produce organised sound. My part in this has been to ensure that the music and visuals work together.

"The project brings together rigorous science, music, dance and visual art and I believe that it is the elegant integration of these disciplines that has led to its success. In addition to the immediate impact of the audio and visual elements, dS offers a unique and subtle glimpse into the invisible atomic world which forms the fabric of nature. It has been an absolute privilege to work with such an outstanding team, to create a truly unique and experimental artistic experience.

danceroom Spectroscopy was developed at the Pervasive Media Studio based in the Watershed in Bristol. Led by Dr David Glowacki, a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, it has resulted from the collaborative effort of a talented multi-disciplinary team, comprising Dr Thomas Mitchell (UWE Bristol), digital artist Phill Tew, Professor Joseph Hyde (Bath Spa University), choreographer Laura Kriefman, and a talented group of contemporary dancers including Lisa May Thomas, Emma Harrie, Tomomi Kosano, and Miyako Asano.

The award winning performance Hidden Fields will be showing this weekend at the Seeing Sound Event at Bath Spa University

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