Mimi Yin // ITP/NYU // Panel Moderator
Mimi Yin is an artist, designer and teacher based in NYC. Her work explores programmatic approaches to composition and improvisation combining traditional forms with generative operations to create new structures. She has applied these techniques to a wide range of forms and media from poetry, sculpture, movement and choreography to online discussion. She is also the product designer for Ponder, a social learning platform that develops higher-order literacy skills through scaffolded peer-to-peer discussion. She is currently a member of the faculty at ITP in the NYU Tisch School for the Arts. She graduated with a B.A. in Music from Yale University and an M.P.S from ITP.
Dawn Stoppiello // Troika Ranch, Artistic Co-Director
Trained as a choreographer and dancer, Stoppiello has focused on choreography for bodies interfaced to computers through sensory systems and dancing in synchrony with projected images. She began her career in Portland, Oregon at the Jefferson High School for the Performing Arts. She received a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA in dance from George Washington University in 2014. Stoppiello has received multiple honors from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA over the years including a 1987 Dance Scholarship and the foundation’s highest honor, the Statue Award in 2004 for her continued excellence in her field. She performed with Jazz Tap Ensemble as a teenager and was a member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company before co-founding Troika Ranch in 1994. In 2009, after 25 years away, she relocated back to Portland, Oregon where she gardens, plays with her dog, drinks perfect beer, dances in the rain and speculates on grand schemes.
Florian Jenett // Motion Bank, Director
Florian Jenett is an artist and lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany. He is co-founder of the basis studio houses and art space and a longtime contributor to the Processing open source project. From 2010 onwards he has been researching for the Motion Bank which he co-directs since 2014. Just recently Florian has been appointed professor for media computer science at the design department of the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany.
Kim Vincs // Deakin University, Deakin Motion.Lab, Director and Professor
Professor Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University’s motion capture studio and performance technology research centre, which she established in 2006. Kim is a choreographer and interactive dance artist who develops new ways of investigating and creating dance using digital technology. Her research brings together scientific, technological and artistic methodologies to develop new ways of creating dance performance.
Kim has worked with Australian artists and companies to create technologically enabled design for performance, including creating 3D stereographic imagery for Garry Stewart’s new work for Australian Dance Theatre, Multiverse, which premiered at the Adelaide Festival Centre in July 2014. She has also worked with the Melbourne Ballet Company, Sidney Myer Fellows Gorkem Acaroglu and Danielle Wilde. Her own work, The Crack Up, a transmedia dance performance that integrates live dancers, stereoscopic imagery and mobile device content, premieres at the Merlyn Theatre, Coopers Malthouse, in October 2014 as part of the Melbourne City Council’s Melbourne Knowledge Week.
Lynn Parkerson // Brooklyn Ballet, Founding Artistic Director
Lynn Parkerson, Founding Artistic Director, Brooklyn Ballet, began her career as a choreographer and improvisor while living in Germany. Joachim Ernst-Berendt of the Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt described her dancing "...she makes music with her body like a musician on his instrument, and when she moves we feel it, that's the way free music should be danced."
Ms. Parkerson's choreography has been presented at many prominent international events and venues, including the Munich Theater Festival, Frankfurt's Theatre am Turm, the Florence International Festival of Dance, Moers New Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Baden-Baden, in West Virginia at Davis Elkins College, at An Appalachian Summer Arts Festival in Boone, NC, and in theaters, gardens, museums, and street corners all over Brooklyn.
Mark Coniglio // Troika Ranch, Artistic Co-Director
Composer and media artist Mark Coniglio is recognized as a pioneering force in the field of interactive performance. With Dawn Stoppiello, he co-founded the media intensive dance group Troika Ranch in 1994. As a result of this artistic practice, he created the software Isadora® – a software tool that provides deep interactive control over digital media. Isadora has become the tool of choice for thousands worldwide, including such notables as Francis Ford Coppola, The Wooster Group, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Coniglio has received a “Bessie” award, a prize from Prix Ars Electronica, and the World Technology Award, which recognized his long-term legacy in art and technology.