BlackBox - Arts & Cognition
A collaborative platform to document performance composition:
from conceptual structures in the backstage to customizable visualizations in the front-end.
BlackBox is an interdisciplinary ERC-funded project hosted by FCSH-UNL since September 2014, under the direction of Prof. Carla Fernandes as its Principal Investigator.
With a wide-breadth duration of 5 years, the BlackBox project aims at developing a cutting-edge model for a web-based collaborative platform, dedicated to the documentation of compositional processes by contemporary performing artists with a focus on dance and theatre. The platform will enable a robust representation of the implicit knowledge in performing practices while applying novel visualization technologies to support it.
Choreographer João Fiadeiro (Re.Al) is our first year case study, and other artists will be invited throughout the project duration.
As an Arts&Cognition project, BlackBox aims at the analysis of the invited artists’ unique conceptual structures, by crossing the empirical insights of contemporary creators with research theories from Multimodal Communication (Human Interaction, Gesture Studies, Cognitive Science) and Computer Vision.
- Perform theoretical and innovative interdisciplinary research on the intersection of multimodal communication and cognition, performance studies and digital media.
- Document, transmit and preserve the unexplored knowledge contained in performance composition processes.
- Assist artists with creative tools to facilitate their choreographic/dramaturgic practices on a collaborative basis.
The ERC Starting-Grant which supports this project has allowed the recruitment of 3 Post-Docs and 2 PhD students in the research domains of Cognitive Linguistics, Digital Media applied to the Performing Arts and Computer Science. The project also hosts several freelance collaborators and external service providers in the areas of graphic and web design, video, photography and software development, as well as international consultants in Digital Archiving and Intangible Cultural Heritage.
It has additional collaborators from: Interactive Multimedia Group at FCT-UNL; the Neuroscience Programme at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown; C-DaRE at Coventry University, UK; The Linguistics Centre of Universidade do Porto; and the Motion Bank Institute, Frankfurt.
June 28-30, 2017.
Cláudia Ribeiro and Prof. Carla Fernandes, BlackBox Director, are going to participate at the 4th International Conference on Movement Computing, MOCO’17, which takes place at Goldsmiths University of London, 28-30 June, 2017.
May 25, 2017.
Professor Sarah Whatley, Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, UK, visits the BlackBox project on May 25 to give a talk on her current research on dance documentation and new technologies. Entitled “The moving body, technology and tools for analysis”, her talk will focus on the interrelationship between somatic-informed dance, imagery and motion analysis.