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I kind of failed to make a post about a recent project that's been a major highlight of my professional career. Two months ago #dancelab opened at the Denver Art Museum, and there's now less than a month left to try it out. It's essentially an interactive dance experience that turns everybody into a great dancer by integrating your recorded moves into a collective, enormous, ever-changing music video. I built the original software that powers the experience and I highly recommend checking it out (if you like having fun). We've been told that by some measures it's the DAM's most popular exhibit ever
Cheers to my collaborators from @legwork: @matt @aaronjray @southwest @zackcitro
Please let me know if you get a chance to visit!
A collaboration between the DAM, Wonderbound dance company, and Legwork Studio, #dancelab is a participatory dance experience, where you, the visitor, are invited to follow dance steps choreographed exclusively for this installation. Then see your movements projected in large format, into an MTV-like music video for all to see. No dance experience or skills are needed.
The #dancelab experience is intended to get to the heart of dance as a universal mode of expression. #dancelab evokes the ephemeral, and social aspect of dance. It is about the thrill, pure joy, and delight that music and dance can bring.
For all partners involved, the project was defined to by two key ideas: 1) to make dance as accessible as possible, free from the notions of peer pressure or expertise and 2) to create a build and experience that would bring community together. And it's certainly doing that. We've noticed that people are even dancing in groups, and taking "ussies." (Use the hashtag #dancelab to share your experience of the installation online and see the videos and photos others are sharing.)