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The Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces

  • Granoff Center | Brown University 154 Angell Street Providence, RI, 02906 United States (map)

Screening of Minority Report with live commentary by Raja Feather Kelly, Matthew Guterl, Elise Morrison, Michelle Ellsworth and Martim S. Galvão.


In 2010, a motion-detection device for a popular video game platform went to market with the promotional tagline, “You are the controller!” Microsoft promised players that this new camera-based technology would recognize and respond to their every move, allowing for full-body gameplay experiences. But as players with Afro hairstyles or other "big hair" silhouettes soon discovered, the Kinect had not been calibrated to make sense of some of the bodies that entered its frame, leaving them unable to use the technology. Meanwhile, other surveillant technologies have had no difficulty identifying black and brown bodies in the service of racial profiling by the police and the state.

Motion-detecting game systems, networked surveillance cameras, robots capable of affective computing, and virtual reality platforms are all technical interfaces that choreograph human bodies and hinge on forms of differential recognition: parsing human intentions through algorithmic analysis of gesture, physical features, and speech. These technologies frequently rely on damaging, universalizing assumptions and hugely problematic methods of machine learning, promising users control over their interactions with machines while working to reduce user choice and agency.

The CRCI conference brings together scholars, designers, artists, and engineers working across technologies of choreography, control, and recognition to investigate how sameness and difference function with choreographic interfaces, and ponder how to productively intervene in the development of these technologies.

This convening is intended to catalyze collaborations within a network of strategically placed individuals to make a transformative difference in the design of new choreographic interfaces.


9:30am - 11:30am
Introductory remarks by Sydney Skybetter.
Featured discussions with Simone Browne, Jasmine Johnson, Raja Feather Kelly, and Michelle Ellsworth.

12:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm-5:00pm [Open to the Public]
Live recording of On TAP Podcast with Sarah Bay-Cheng, Harvey Young and Pannill Camp, with special guest Ashley Ferro-Murray.
Following the recording will by short talks by Victoria Nece, Nick Porcino, and Heidi Boisvert.

5:00pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm - 10:00pm [Open to the Public]
Screening of Minority Report with live commentary by Raja Feather Kelly, Matthew Guterl, Elise Morrison, Michelle Ellsworth and Martim S. Galvão.
Post-Screening Party at The Dean.


10:00am - 12:00pm
Introductory remarks by Kiri Miller.
Featured discussions with Luke Dubois and Kamal Sinclair, with short talks by Laura Marris, Matt Kenyon, Jade Davis, David Allen, Chaz Evans, and Kat Sullivan.

12:00pm- 2:00pm

2:00pm - 4:00pm [Reserved for Registered Participants]
Breakout discussions with self-selected topic leaders.
Closing remarks by Sydney Skybetter.

ART INSTALLATIONS (Public and Available Throughout the Convening)
The conference will feature interactive art available throughout the weekend. Installations will include EDBSL by Chaz Evans, Bad Language by Laura Marris and Matt Kenyon, and work by Goeun Park.

Earlier Event: February 7
Live=>Coding Music;
Later Event: March 2
New Music Concert