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 Post subject: 2009 Festival "Loops" Dance & Technology
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"Loops" Exhibition and Performance
Explore Dance and Technology
Boston, MA - Dance and technology take center stage with "Loops," an exhibition
and performance inspired by Merce Cunningham's solo dance "Loops." The exhibition
takes place April 24-May 10 at the MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,
and the performance, presented by Critical Moves, takes place on the evening of
April 24.
The story of "Loops" began in 2001 when artists Paul Kaiser, Shelly Eshkar and Marc
Downie created a digital artwork by motion-capturing Merce Cunningham as he performed.
The artists developed a sophisticated software program that turned the motion-capture
data into a flowing abstract digital portrait; they later added multiple screens
and a soundtrack. In 2008, the Cunningham Foundation and the OpenEnded Group (an
organization consisting of Kaiser, Eshkar, and Downie) placed all the material online
as open source, where it would be available for repurposing by other artists.
Boston Cyberarts, with a grant from the LEF Foundation, commissioned four media
artists - Brian Knep, Golan Levin, Casey Reas, and Sosolimited - to utilize the
"Loops" material in whatever way they chose to create new works. The results are
on display from April 24 through May 10 at the MIT Museum, with an opening reception
on April 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Additionally the works, along with their code,
will be online at as open source for use by others.
Also at the MIT Museum, Critical Moves Contemporary Dance Series presents a performance
on April 24 by two dancer-choreographers performing works inspired by the "Loops"
project. Jonah Bokaer will perform "False Start," an excerpt of his evening length
"Three Cases of Amnesia", a technology-influenced solo dance and media work. Marjorie
Morgan will perform a new solo work of her own, involving live looping sound tracks
and simultaneous solo dancing. The evening will also include a keynote talk by Marc
Downie of OpenEnded Group, and a Q&A.
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival takes place April 24-May 10, 2009, at museums,
galleries, performing spaces, educational institutions, and on the web. Complete
information about the Festival, including a searchable database of the more than
50 events and exhibitions, is available at
Further information on the Boston Cyberarts Festival is available by calling
or emailing [].
At a Glance
What: "Loops" Exhibition
Who: Presented by Boston Cyberarts, in conjunction with the Cunningham Foundation,
OpenEnded Group, and MIT Museum
Works by Brian Knep, Golan Levin, Casey Reas, and Sosolimited
Sponsored by LEF Foundation
Where: At the MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
When: Exhibition on view April 24 - May 10. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm.
Opening Reception Friday, April 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Admission: $7.50 adults; discounts for students, seniors, MIT community. Free
on Sunday mornings. Admission to the Opening Reception is free.
What: "Loops" Performance
Who: Presented by Critical Moves Contemporary Dance Series, with support from
the Boston Dance Alliance
Featuring performances by Jonah Bokaer and Marjorie Morgan
Keynote address by Marc Downie of OpenEnded Group, and Q&A
Where: MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
When: Friday, April 24, 8:00 pm
Admission: $20 general admission; $18 for students and Boston Dance Alliance members
Reservations online at
or purchase at the door
Biographies of Performers
Jonah Bokaer is an award-winning choreographer and media artist. Based in New York,
he is dedicated to expanding possibilities for live performance through choreography,
digital media, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and social enterprise, in the
United States and internationally. He has worked with such leading dance figures
as Merce Cunningham, John Jasperse, David Gordon, Deborah Hay, Tino Sehgal, and
many others. His work has been presented widely throughout the United States and
abroad, including Cornell University, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project,
Dixon Place, La Mama ETC, P.S. 122, Symphony Space, the ISB (Bangkok), Naxos Bobine,
Studio Théâtre de Vitry, and La Générale (Paris).
Marjorie Morgan is a Boston-area choreographer, composer, dancer and singer whose
work often combines elements of movement, live sound, music and text. She is
fascinated with the territory between composition and improvisation, and between
narrative and abstraction. Her original works have won her two awards for outstanding
achievement in the arts and repeated Best of Boston Awards from the Boston Globe,
Boston Herald and Boston Phoenix. She has performed and toured nationally and
with the companies of Pooh Kaye, Paula Josa-Jones, Caitlin Corbett, Snappy Dance
Theater, and the Mobius Artists Group. Marjorie is a professor in the Theater
at the Boston Conservatory.
Marc Downie is an artist and artificial intelligence researcher. Born in Aberdeen,
UK, he has an MA in natural science and a MSci in physics from the University of
Cambridge. In 2005 he obtained a PhD from MIT's Media Lab, writing a thesis entitled
"Choreographing the Extended Agent." He is part of the OpenEnded Group, an association
of three digital artists who create works for stage, screen, gallery, page, and
public space.
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The Boston Cyberarts Festival, launched by George Fifield in 1999 with seed funding
from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is the only Festival in the world that
encompasses all art forms, including both visual and performing arts, film, video,
electronic literature, public art, and web art. The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival
takes place April 24-May 10, 2009, at museums, galleries, performing spaces,
institutions, and on the web.
Cyberart encompasses any artistic endeavor in which computer technology is used
to expand artistic possibilities - that is, where the computer's unique capabilities
are integral elements of the creative process in the same way that paint, photographic
film, musical instruments, and other materials have always been used to express
an artist's vision.
Boston Cyberarts is grateful for the support of many generous individuals and
including The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtsBoston, IBM, LEF
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Phoenix Media Communications Group, and 1330 Boylston

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