Carla Fernandes will give the talk “The BlackBox project and its emerging Lab” at Zurich University of the Arts

This ICNOVA researcher is one of the guests at the “The Art of Video (in) Research” Conference that will take place January 14-15 at the University of the Arts (Zuricher Hochschule der Kunste) in Zurich. The Blackbox Project coordinator will describe the final results of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa / ICNOVA project as well as the future research lines of the Emerging Laboratory that investigates practice in performance, improvisation and cognition. Ariel Elbaz, Karen Wood, and Florian Dombois will serve as panel members.

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The BlackBox project and its emerging Lab
In this talk I will be describing both the final results of the BlackBox project and the future research lines of its currently emerging Lab, dedicated to practice-based research on contemporary performance, improvisation and cognition. The BlackBox Lab has been recently established at NOVA University Lisbon as a natural sequence of the BlackBox project, funded by the ERC, and which I have led between 2014 and 2019. This project has aimed at developing hybrid models for a web-based platform dedicated to the digital visualization and documentation of compositional processes by contemporary performing artists with a focus on dance and theatre. The current platform includes distinct representations of the implicit knowledge in performing practices while applying novel visualization technologies to support it. As an Arts&Cognition Lab, the BlackBox team aims at the analysis of our invited artists’ signature conceptual structures, by crossing the empirical insights of those contemporary creators with research theories from Multimodal Communication (Human Interaction, Gesture Studies, Cognitive Science), Performance Studies and Computer Vision. Choreographer João Fiadeiro (Re.Al), a conceptual performing artist, has been our first year case study; Rui Lopes Graça, a neo-classical choreographer from the National Ballet company, the second; and Sylvia Rijmer, an independent contemporary choreographer, the third one. This presentation will discuss some of the main results of the project, which include: practice-based innovative research on the intersection of performing arts practices and the interdisciplinary areas of expertise covered by the team members; documentation, transmission and preservation of the unexplored knowledge contained in the invited artists’ compositional processes; examples of creative annotation and visualization tools to access their choreographic practices, and to document their work with different kinds of video materials (from retro stereoscopic photography and simple 2D to superimposed animated infographics, 3D point clouds, 360 footage and VR scenarios). In the Lab we do our best to create digital visualizations that may possibly translate profoundly complex and subjective processes of human creativity, but we keep our focus on the embodied and unique experience of the vibrant encounters between choreographers, performers and audiences, which can only happen live…

Carla Fernandes is currently an ERC Principal Investigator and invited Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, FCSH, where she is Head of the ‘BlackBox – Arts&Cognition Lab’, funded by the European Research Council since 2014. She co-directs the Performance & Cognition group at ICNOVA since 2017. Her research focus is in the intersection of multimodal communication, social cognition, new media and the performing arts, from cognitive and ethnographic perspectives. She has been designing and leading interdisciplinary research projects for over 12 years in the areas of cognitive linguistics, creativity, multimodal communication, non-verbal behaviour, video annotation, and the creation of digital platforms to document intangible cultural heritage, such as contemporary dance and performance. She directs the ‘TKB project’ (A Transmedia Knowledge-Base for performing arts) since 2010, funded by FCT Portugal. http://blackbox.fcsh.unl.pt/

2021-04-10T16:33:48+00:00