Last month I returned to Brown to MC the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces. It’s an awesome conference I’ve been working on for the last four years with Sydney Skybetter, a choreographer, professor, and generally brilliant connector of myriad nerds.

Every year we get a group of choreographers, roboticists, digital humanities scholars, artists, curators, foundation folks, educators, etc. together. It’s hard to describe the topic of the conference.

Interacting with computers with your body has a lot of complicated implications. Representing bodies, and movement, in data has implications for surveillance, institutional racism, human computer interaction, and of course choreography.

We believe that the embodied knowledge of dancers and artists is an essential ingredient for ethics in building choreographic technologies.

And it’s because of that belief that we got a lot of very, very smart people to give Minority Report the MST3K treatment in a feat of what is, we insist, scholarship.

So what I’m saying is that I love my job, it’s a privilege to be a part of this conference and this community, and that if you’re in Providence you should request that the gift shop in the train station start carrying Autocrat coffee syrup again.

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