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OVERVIEW

The AVA Project is a series of trans-media performances and installations exploring the delicate relationship between humanity, technology, and creativity. Envisioned by artist and RPI Professor of Electronic Arts, Kathleen Ruiz, The AVA Project brings together a unique collaboration of six artists in dance, music, sound design and the visual arts.

The artists are dancer-choreographer Vicky Shick, virtual choreographer and dancer Lisa Naugle, composers Elise Kermani and Sarah Plant, visual artist Barbara Kilpatrick, and digital media artist Kathleen Ruiz. AVA is an animated human figure, an archetype or synthetic embodiment (avatar) that is projected onto the set of the dance performance with interactive and composed sound and sculptural set objects.

The AVA Project explores the artists' interplay with each other and with technology. Like technology itself, Ava becomes a compelling figment capable of transforming our imagination - exactly how remains to be seen.


THE ARTISTS

Kathleen Ruiz - animation / project design

Elise Kermani - sound composition / interactive design

Barbara Kilpatrick - set design / set objects

Lisa Naugle - motion capture / live choreography

Sarah Plant - composer (acoustic music segments)

Vicky Shick - live choreography


MOVEMENTS

1. PROLOGUE: ToySpace
Immateriality/Physicality - the suspension of disbelief

2. HOMUNCULI
Creation & Interplay

3. FIGMENT
Interchange

4. ORPHANED SPACE
Is Ava a part of us or are we a part of it - her?

5. TWIN COAT
The nature of humans

6. MIMICRY (Solo Flight)
joy of human endeavor


SCHEDULE

The AVA Project will be presented at The International Festival of Electronic Language: File 2002 Symposium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 20, 2002 at 8PM.

The work has been developed at a series of short residencies at The Kaatsbaan International Dance Center Tivioli, N.Y.

It was showcased in a week-long residency, May 18-26, 2002, culminating in a workshop performance at 7PM on May 25 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York.