Can you imagine something less related than dancing and coding? It turns out that there’s a possibility of connection – guys from Kinetech Arts prove it with their annual event. 


Synergy of art and technology

Dance Hack Day is an artsy hackathon fulfilled with various new media tools – from virtual reality to full-body motion tracking. It’s “an event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies”, as creators say. This year’s Dance Hack Day, which took place on 10th of December at CounterPulse in San Francisco, was the third one – previous two were also held in The City. 70 artists and coders, 18 incredibly eye-catching performances, cutting-edge technologies. Must’ve been crazy fun.

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The collective

Kinetech Arts, the team behind Dance Hack Day, is a “collective of artists and scientists striving to challenge possibility through collaborative creativity, creating performances that combine dance and science with the newest interactive technology, to create unique and beautiful experiences.”. The list of venues that hosted Kinetech Arts projects is pretty impressive: there are, for example, ODC theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, KUNST-STOFF arts, L.A.S.T festival, Geekdom, Moscone Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi and De Young Museum.

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The founder of Kinetech Arts is connecting these different cultures himself, as he has Ph.D degree in Physics plus passion for dance and photography. No wonder that the project aims to combine the same things.

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The event

Dance Hack Day is all about performance, hackathon and dance. This year, heartbeat was clearly the highlight – with the help of home-made heart rate monitor artists danced to their own heartbeats (The Knife’s Heartbeats plays in my head as I try to imagine this). Performance went even further thanks to the Internet – biometric data from London and Paris was also presented (and obviously danceable). Hackathon was just as creative, as the next dance was recorded with the help of Unity.

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Registration was open for the public, and here’s the result: “It’s all kinds of people doing all kinds of dance. Some people are doing ballet, some people are doing contemporary dance, some people are doing social dance, some people are doing butoh, and some people are coming from Indian dance,” Kinetech Arts team says. They also organize weekly events  (an open lab), so make sure to check it out.

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