Design And Performance Lab


no. 1 - no. 2 - no. 3 - new kimospheres 2015-16 - Rehearsals 2016 - Metabody Forum London

Theoretical, academic and scientific research development

- Johannes Birringer translates Klaus Nicolai's Metabody Manifesto “Anmerkungen zur Beteiligung der Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau (TMA) am Projekt METABODY” (June 2013) and begins cooperative with TMA Dresden on further development of ETP (European Teleplateaus) and Nicolai’s Net-e-motion-touching systems – (NEMO_TOUCH): Trans-local Stages of Human-Body-Presence

- Johannes Birringer, Michèle Danjoux and members of the DAP-Lab work on research development of new wearable prototypes for a choreosonic performance (“for the time being”) to be produced over the next 8 months, resulting after numerous rehearsals in a public performance (April 3-4, 2014) that tests the newly built amplificatory costume-instruments. The wearables combine various analog and digital sensor, microphone, speaker and electrical/electronic microcircuit technologies (designed by Danjoux, John Richards, Cameron McKirdy, Oliver Doyle, and Mike Blow) affording new performer techniques and perceptual/kinaesthetic and tactile/haptic affects.

- DAP-Lab works on postproduction of this test phase and releases two films:

for the time being [Victory over the Sun] Part 1
for the time being [Victory over the Sun] Part 2

DAP-Lab participates in other public platforms of dissemination to demonstrate the work on the design of wearables.


February 25, 2014: “Wearables,” DAP-Lab wearable design featured in BBC World Service Program “Click”, broadcast from London BBC Radio Theatre, February 25. // See Film documentary on Michèle Danjoux demonstrating DAP-Wearables, with Vanessa Michielon, Oliver Doyle, and Rosella Galindo on the BBC program.

February 28, 2014 “Critical Costumes by DAP-Lab,” featurd at Artbar Event, MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia), Sidney. Cueated by Chicks on Speed.

- Johannes Birringer describes the conceptual development of these audible scenographies in a keynote (Sept. 4, 2014) on “Audible Choreographies: Movement Technologies” at the TaPRA conference in England, pointing out the political and social significance of critical design awareness regarding the control and alignment protocols of capture and data extraction technologies, one of the key areas of research within the METABODY framework.

artistic outputs: DAP-lab begins collaboration with Kouros and Daniel Bisig (Phantom Limb) to plan designs for new costumes for Phantom Limb. Danjoux examines new speaker film materials for design process

- DAP-lab begins collaboration with Marije Baalman to test SenseStage technologies (Minibees) for potential integration into new costumes for METABODY, with the conceptual plan of creating a werarable architecture (similar to Jaime del Val’s amorphous wearable architecture) that can be luminescent (solar powered) and sound-generating, allowing the wearer to explore tactile-sonic feedback during the experience of the wearing.

- DAP-Lab begins closer collaboration with Jo Siamon Salich and TMA Dresden on ideas for the design of wearables.
The HOLOstage project developed in Dresden is led by Salich, envisioning a dialogue in real time captured and translated (data processing) between a real life performer and his/her avatar appearing on a specially built holographic stage The dialogue would be experienced by audiences who can walk around the environment and see both the real dancer and the hologram

-Michèle Danjoux, and Vanessa Michielon, participate in the STEIM (Amsterdam) pressure cooker workshop on e-textiles to examine new scientific innovations in intelligent garment design. See here for the Presentation of the Workshop which took place October 8 – 13, 2014.

video documentation of the project on e-textiles, movement and sound at STEIM - go here

Kinect 3DS capture system workshop held at Brunel University, testing capabilties of Kinect system to translate costume movement to alternate graphic visualization (Cameron McKirdy, Johannes Birringer), Oct 2, 2014. This Kinect workshop was repeated on October 23, 2014

First STITCH BITCH MAKE/PERFORM workshop for fashion designers, wearables artists, techno/textile and interaction artists, architects and sound artists, arranged by Camille Baker at London's Watermans Art Center, Digital Weekender, November 09, 2014.

Second STITCH BITCH MAKE/PERFORM workshop for fashion designers, wearables artists, techno/textile and interaction artists, architects and sound artists, arranged by Camille Baker at London's Art Workers Guild, Holborn, February 19, 2015.

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MetaSeminar: Digital Technologies Workshop experiments with MetaKimospheres, February 10, 2015, Artaud Performance Center, Brunel University. The DAP-Lab co-directors develop a new conceptual outline of performance-costumes interlinked to architectural atmospheres and kinetic states - these phenomena are examined under the name "metakimosphere".


Metakimospheres with inhabitant-visitor (above) seen from outside, and experienced from inside (c) DAP-Lab 2015


"MetaKimosphere no.1" (short film document)

Michèle Danjoux is invited to present at "Fashion Responsive" Symposium , HEAD – Genève (Switzerland), March 24, 2015, curated by Scientific Director Luca Marchetti.


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D A P-lab directors: Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

(c) DAP-Lab 2015