"In teaching about interaction and choreography, I realized that there was a very simple but powerful metaphor in treating choreography as a form of visual art." Mimi Yin is exploring the use of interactive media as a mode of “choreographic intervention,” where coded rules of interaction provide a framework for dancers to collectively compose improvisations that explore form and structure.
Yin, a spring 2019 fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and an assistant arts professor in Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program, aims to refine a series of exercises and accompanying software tools to train dancers in this new mode of trans-media improvisation.
"When we're playing with this technology, it forces us to pay very close attention to our own orientation in space," Yin says. "It can add this thing to work against that can open up creative possibilities that wouldn't have been there."