Keeping Research in Tune with Practice

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Springer Series on Cultural Computing, 2014, pp. 49 - 62
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© 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. This chapter examines the relationship between practice, research and evaluation with reference to the design and development of interactive systems for use in a large-scale dance work developed in collaboration with Stalker Theatre, Encoded. Strategies for keeping creative practice and the associated research aligned with the concerns of practicing artists are presented. These strategies include working with experienced, high-calibre artists, applying user-centred, iterative design and development approaches, and carefully examining the impact of new technologies and techniques on performers’ practices and experiences. Findings from an examination of Stalker Theatre’s experiences with the Encoded systems indicate that the use of interactive systems in live performance has a significant impact on the way performances are developed, staged and structured.
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