Vaudeo Motion combines Vaudeo Signal’s synaesthetic audio-video systems with the choreography of Nora Sharp. Occupying the space between a camera and projection, movement becomes a part of an inter-reactive audio-video feedback system, wherein the silhouette directly affects the audio and video components of the performance.
In residency at High Concept Labs, Vaudeo Motion will use hcl’s studios to develop their work through rehearsals and a series of work in progress performances. They seek to refine effective scores for reactive systems focusing on the interactions between movement, sound, and visuals in order to explore the thematic material that arises from the process. Under hcl’s sponsored projects program, they will additionally be able to host work-in-progress showings and document their processes.
Vaudeo Motion is a collaboration between dancer Nora Sharp and the audio-video artists Ben Baker-Smith and Evan Kühl, who have been working together as the synaesthetic media duo Vaudeo Signal since 2010.
Ben and Evan explore the manipulation of analog signals in real time using an instrument made up of uniquely integrated, customized audio-video hardware. This exploration seeks out synaesthetic experiences that open up the extreme reaches of what consumer media devices can, will, or will not produce beyond the limits of their intended use.
Nora creates dance movements that empathize with viewers and facilitates spaces where people feel welcome, connected, and acknowledged. Her movement vocabulary ranges from the athletic to the everyday, and her approachable, honest performance quality builds bridges between the people present. Often inspired by popular music, her work offers audiences concrete anchors of meaning within the music and movement, while leaving space for them to feel their own story.