Sydney Skybetter

Dark Elegies: The Choreographics of Surveillant Systems and National Defense

Sydney Skybetter
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6PM

Choreographer Sydney Skybetter will present his research on the intersections of gesture, dance history, computer science, and homeland security. With case studies of the Snowden leaks, Facebook’s Oculus platform, the film Minority Report, and early motion capture research conducted with choreographers Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones, Skybetter will sketch a vision of the evolution of contemporary surveillance technologies undergirded by dance theory and choreographic method.

Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer, dance scholar, and founder of the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI), a convening of performing artists, arts professionals, ethnographers, anthropologists, and speculative designers. As lecturer at Brown University, Skybetter’s research explores the choreographics of human-computer interfaces and mixed reality systems. He has lectured at Harvard University, Saatchi, and MIT, among other institutions, across the subjects of dance and dance history to cultural futurism and computer-human interfaces.

Main Image: Sydney Skybetter presenting in the Theater in September, 2019. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

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Dark Elegies: The Choreographics of Surveillant Systems and National Defense
Sydney Skybetter
Thursday 19
6:00 PM
September 2019
Presented By

EMPAC Fall 2019



EMPAC Fall 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional project support by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; and Creative Scotland.