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Valencia James

presents Volumetric Performance Toolbox

Part of the 'For the Record: In Another Setting' symposium in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Valencia James is a Barbadian freelance performer, maker and researcher interested in the intersection between dance, theatre, technology and activism. Valencia’s work explores how emerging technologies like machine learning and computer vision might enhance creativity in her contemporary dance practice and vice-versa. As part of the ‘For the Record: In Another Setting’ symposium, she presents the Volumetric Performance Toolbox (VPT), a collaboration with digital experience creator, Sorob Louie and spatial interaction lab, Glowbox. VPT envisions live online 3D dance performance as a new way for artists to create and perform from their own living spaces and audiences to communally experience art using minimal equipment, during this time of pandemic. Led by the shared values of liberation for all who have been harmed and/or excluded by the media and various systems of oppression, VPT makes emerging technology accessible for artists to both strengthen and sustain their craft. This project is made possible through the generous support of Eyebeam’s Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellowship program.