Installation: COMMIT! by Artist in Residence Kate Ladenheim
COMMIT! is an interactive performance installation. Artist in Residence, Kate Ladenheim, falls repeatedly, while gathering audience feedback about whether her falls look committed enough. She then works to respond to that feedback, editing her falls to find the most committed expression. Throughout the performance, she uses motion capture as an attempt to correlate the mathematical positioning of her body to exemplary performances of commitment. The motion capture data also feeds into a real-time projected visual. As the performer falls and her exhaustion increases, the projected bodies become increasingly glitchy and distorted. This highlights the disparity between performance efforts towards maintaining excellence even amidst exhaustion and repetition, and the actual effects this has on the body.
Installation runs from 2:30-7pm Monday, March 20th through Friday, March 24th. Drop-ins are welcome!
Kate Ladenheim is a choreographer, media designer, and creative technologist. Her work spans interactive installations, media design, performance and robotics. She researches bodies in motion and how they impact and are impacted by systems of social and technological pressure.
Ladenheim holds an M.F.A. in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design. She has conducted research in motion interfaces for robotics design at U.C.L.A., and was the 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at the Robotics, Automation, & Dance Lab at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her artistic projects have been presented internationally, including at The Invisible Dog, National Sawdust, GrizzlyGrizzly, Brown University, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Performance Arcade (New Zealand). Her work has been celebrated in Dance Magazine as one of their “25 to Watch” and “Best of 2018.” Ladenheim is currently the Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance, a faculty position at the University of Maryland in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.