New Works XR

New Works XR (NWXR) supports new voices in the development of creative technologies and embodied practice. XR (extended reality) is an umbrella term encompassing augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed reality technologies. First developed in 2021 between New Works, dance artist Erika Mitsuhashi, and a team of consulting artists and technologists, the program was envisioned as a process-focused space to explore, learn, and expand individual practices on and off screen.

New Works is humbled to engage new voices each season to lead and coordinate unique, cutting edge programming in close partnership with community partners and mentors. In the shifting landscape of new technologies and practices, the program remains curious, investigative, and artist-led.

 

NWXR Short Circuit Series  

March 15-17

Short Circuit Series is a weekend long series of community offerings; from workshops, to discussions and a soiree, New Works invites you to participate in these free events. 

Short Circuit Series 

Workshops

HYPER-LINK

Friday, March 15 - 7pm-9pm | Q7 Studios - Studio A

Opening Short Circuit Series with a soiree and community mixer!

7 - 7:30pm -  Join us for an artist HYPER-LINK! A speed dating style event where you can meet fellow XR artists, start conversations, and get to know one another. 

7:30 - 9pm - Short Circuit Series Soiree - a mixer for us to kick of the start of the series. Featuring music, refreshments* and an XR installation by Simran Sachar!

Interfacing with Experts Panel 

Freya Björg Olafson, Caroline MacCaull, prOphecy sun, and Nancy Lee

Sunday, March 17 - 11am-12pm | Q7 Studios - Studio B

Join us for a panel conversation moderated by Erika Mitsuhashi, with artists who are trailblazing the ways we think about movement and XR technology. Light refreshments will be provided.

Choreography with AR dance technology - Sarah U

Saturday, March 16 - 4pm-5:30pm | Q7 Studios - Studio A

During this workshop, participants will gain insights into the fusion of choreography and AR as Sarah guides them through her two distinct 3D models. 

About the Workshop
Introducing Augmented Reality through the lens of choreography, Sarah will share her AR project which explores themes of evolution and the adaptive capacities of the human body, through a web-based application that utilizes real-time full body-tracking technology. During this workshop, participants will gain insights into the fusion of choreography and AR as Sarah guides them through her two distinct 3D models. Each model is designed with customized data, offering a unique interpretation of movement. Participants will learn best practices and engage with these virtual counterparts, expanding their understanding of the creative possibilities within this innovative realm. The experience continues with a group choreography exercise, where participants will collaboratively craft short sequences of "dances" inspired, revolving around (or not) the use of AR technology. This interactive session encourages exploration of various perspectives, orientations, movement patterns, and spatial relationships, ultimately optimizing the visual and kinesthetic impact of the body in motion on the screen and in real life. Workshop will end with a discussion and sharing on what dance in the future looks like.
Requirements
Participant requirements: smart phone/iPhone (not older than Iphone 4) with a functional camera, Notebook. AR experience is accessed by a QR code; no preparation or download needed.

Motion Capture Workshop with danielle Mackenzie Long

Sunday, March 17 - 2pm-4:15pm | Q7 Studios - Studio B

We will discover and practice one strategy of how to create the opportunity for our physical movement to live beyond ourselves.

About the Workshop
Together we will move through space, learn to run a short motion capture using only a phone, and work through the process of applying this data to a non-human character in the animation software Blender. We will make structures that lack human resemblance take on our movement and inhabit our pathways. At the end we may see curtains, rib cages, or springs dancing our dances. This is a space to try something new for the first time, to use new technology we may never have touched, and be okay with failing and asking many questions. Knowledge in conducting motion capture, animation or use of Blender is not required.
Requirements
Participant requirements: Charged Iphone, charged laptop with Blender installed (only if interested in following along with Blender portion of the workshop). // Accessibility requirements: To practice community care, mask wearing is highly recommended for this workshop.

*Limited spots available

Accesibility: Q7 is a ground floor building with a manual-open front door. The building has 2 gender-inclusive, multi-stall washrooms with one wheelchair accessible stall in each washroom. Studio A, the largest dance studio, is wheelchair accessible by ramp though has a 2 inch high lip to get onto the sprung marley floor. Studio B is accessed by 10 stairs, and Studio C is accessed by 10 stairs.

Meet the XR Artists

Meet the XR Team

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Two Year Cycle

2023-24 marks the first of an annual two year programming cycle which will see New Works sustainably balance XR resources between community building and direct artist support.

NWXR 2023-24 will be a Community Building year. This season will see New Works focus resources on supporting the wider ecology of artists and audiences engaged at the intersection of dance and XR technologies. We recognize that artists need more than space and funds to investigate their craft; NWXR looks to support education of audiences, cross-pollination of practices, and the fostering of critical conversation. 

Watch below as workshops, peer-to-peer work sessions, open studio time, and more are announced throughout the season!

We are working towards NWXR 2024-25 as an Artist in Residence year. This season will provide direct support for dance makers and embodied practitioners in the early stages of creation involving technologies that fall under the umbrella of XR. Following an application process, selected artists will enter a developmental residency with access to skills building workshops, mentorship with senior artists, consultation with technologists, access to gear and studio space, and XR resource sharing.

 

Past Seasons

 

Top Photo: Carla Alcántara.