New Tech: New Movement: New Future

Laura was asked by Pavilion Dance South West to curate a one day conference about Movement and Technology. “It was a real honour to shape a day for the industry that interrogated alot of the ideas around craftmanship, skills, changemaking, new locations, narratives and ideas.” We had an extraordinary line up which you can see in the brochure here. Katy …

Tales from the Playa

What happens to creativity in an alkaline desert? I was recently invited to go over to Burning Man in the Nevada Desert. Burning Man has run for 30 years, and every year the participants build Black Rock City. Black Rock City leaves no trace, is populated with 60,000 people for a week, and has no phone signal or wifi at …

New Fellowship: INK

I am delighted to announce that I have been offered one of this years INK fellowship. With only 2 international fellowships being offered I am over the moon to be part of this extraordinary co-hort.

WIRED Milan

Laura Kriefman flew straight from Music Tech Fest in Berlin to give a performance talk at WIRED Next Fest in Milan, on Sunday 29th May 2016.

Music Tech Fest Berlin

Kicking the Mic: Performed by the fantastic Annette Walker is going to Music Tech Fest Berlin. There is the most incredible line up: Really exciting people like Grace Savage and Eska, so we’re really excited to be in their company! We’ve been working with the fantastic Gareth Griffiths and Ben Winstone at The Gentlemen Octopus and Phill Tew to finish …

TEDxRoma

I recently travelled to Rome to give my first TEDx talk: to 12,000 people! I was talking about the 3 key ideas that have totally changed every element of my work. I was closing the event: decided to tell a very personal story, oh a combine live performance! Always one to rise to a challenge: Here’s a little snippet that …

GRIOT Magazine Interview

You can read this article with all the beautiful images here: By Nicoletta Grasso . Published on April 3, 2016. Getting to know a super creative person like Laura Kriefman has been very inspiring. Being a performer and a visual artist too, I’ve always been drawn to artists who are consistent with their artistic path, people who can spread a …

Talking at Now:Play:This

The talented Holly Gramazio very kindly invited me to come to Now: Play: This to talk about Crane Dance Bristol and reclaiming our cities. It was a great event to be part of: a fantastic three day festival of games, playable and pleasurable experiences in our cities. Matt Adams, from BlastTheory spoke before about their fantastic work that plays across …

Technotopia

John Biggs, of Tech Crunch Fame, has decided the futures bright: and that the fantastic technology around us is leading us to a technotopia, not the doom and gloom dystopia many would have us believe. He’s created a series of podcasts, and alongside fantastic people like Ben Hammersley , he interviewed me:

Lights, Cranes, Action

Two weeks have become one: We’ve been light testing, and light painting, Crane painting, and crane testing, driving, and calling and cueing and modelling. Just a few shots to keep you company, and a lovely quote from our assistant producer Auriol Wyles “team talks on the crane project are best held at great height…” Oh: And find out about the …

Part of a Permanent Collection

This Tuesday I went up to Warwick for the official celebration of the Reframing Sheldon Tapestry project that the Heritage and Culture Team have been running. I’ve written previously about the project but it was such a big build that I lost myself in the process and forgot to tell you all about it. So here’s a photo of 1.5m …

What scale are you working to?

So this week I’ve been playing with scale: Screen Sized: Small but perfectly formed articulated cranes… Matt from Visual Persistence is going to be filming our Bristol performance with Drones, and is helping me build my Pre Visualisation system in Maya.. Minature Remote Controlled To start covering them with LED and painting Long exposure light paintings with moving cranes. many …

How fast is that Crane?

So last Thursday I drove my first crane! Crane No 30, at the MShed Bristol. One of the fantastically restored Dockside Level Luffing Cranes by Stothert and Pitt. I was working with the fantastic Dave, who showed me the range of movement and speeds that Crane 30 (and 31) can operate at, and what they are looking at whilst operating …

WIRED and The Space Creative Fellow

So I’m very excited to announce that I have been picked as one of the first WIRED / The Space Creative Fellows alongside Alison Killing and Annette Mees Oliver Franklin Wallis at WIRED have just written a really nice article about my project which you can read below WIRED has partnered with digital arts organisation The Space to form the …

Musing from a train

My diverted train from London, via Oxford is offering me far too much time to gather my thoughts and my reflections from the Dance UK conference. As I fill my heart with the most beautiful rhythms, from the band Paprika Balkanicas, I am struggling to align the contradictions of this weekend. First and foremost: Congratulations are owed to Dance UK …

Thread Testing

So we recently completed our second set of test embroidery sessions for the sheldon tapestry: Now: I don’t want to give everything away: So you;ll have to wait till next week to see the designs, and the real fabrication process: But here’s a sneak peak at 59 of the 72 threads, just to whet your appetite. (Apologies for the terribly …

LED Dresses

So I’ve finally been able to get our LED Dress Take 1 up and running. It was a very quick prototyping session and the photos aren’t wonderful quality but I thought you might enjoy a little sneaky-peak. This is what we made in 24 hours:

Impossible Robots

I’m part of a research project called Being There This is a fantastic example of what happens when choreography becomes more than the sum of its movements (boom boom) which I championed passionately the other day. Our last session was a total catalyst- an inspiring and imaginative exploration of the future potential of Robots. I spent an hour pretending to …

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3

Learning on the job: I’m working on a fantastic project with Warwick’s Heritage and Cultural team, about reframing the Sheldon Tapestry . It’s a gorgeous project all about wonderful Digital Creative tools that could shift curatorial practice. I’m helping to introduce them to lots of Artists like Chloe Meineck and Arthur from ColourStory App. Alongside that, some geocaching and a …

On the verge of Giving Up: Or Why I fell Silent

The sharp witted amongst you might notice a few incongruent elements to my blogs recently: One: I actually feel silent for 7 months. Two: that I never posted anything about our trip to Indonesia. The truth was that I spent the majority of last year on the verge of quitting my dance work. We were encouraged by all the major …

Things to be proud of

In November I went to Croatia in my capacity as one of the board members of the Museum of Broken Relationships, I spent 4 days working with the two fantastic owners Olinka and Drazen to redevelop the strategic vision for the Museum for the next 5 years. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s brash and it’s gonna take some guts. But …

Council for USA and Italy.

In October 2014 I was lucky enough to be invited to be one of the two UK delegates for Consiusa (The Council for USA and Italy) Young World Leaders Programme. The theme this year was Creativity Culture and Technology and how they are shifting our social and democratic paradigms. Right up my street. In amongst the Big Business CEOs and …

Post Apocalyptic Trees

In October I took part in a two day workshop with an incredibly group of makers, roboteers, scientists, climate change activists and data miners. We were all taking part in a hack to look at the creative potential of Sustainability Data. Let’s be honest and call a square a square: Sustainability Data sounds dull. It actually beautifully resonant, relevant and …

Gearing Up to Indonesia

So we’re off to Indonesia in September, and I’m slowly but surely trying to make sure we have 2 months to complete all our final stress testing before we arrive. We’ve been working with our floor and mic system successfully for months; so that’s a tick. wireless controller for looping and sampling: Now up and running. First full number for …

These are my shoes, these are my lights

So last week the wonderful Lee J Malcolm and I built our new sound and visual system. We were very well behaved, and rather indulging (!) in a week of rehearsals we slowly but surely taught ourselves how to create Max 4 Live patches for Ableton Live, and arduino processing. What we’ve done is completely rearrange how our Ableton Live …

Why collaborative working spaces are so important

Last week I joyfully extolled the virtues of the Pervasive Media Studio , and today it seemed about time to tell you why it’s so important to my creative process these days. Pervasive Media Studio and all who sail in her: I love thee: Doing a Good Turn:. If you’re working at the PM Studio, you make a commitment to …

Giant Squids Sightings

The wonderful Tom Metcalfe wanted to test a workshop yesterday so I got to try out the very clever Little Bits kits. They’re expensive but my gosh do they make rapid prototyping incredibly simple: Open a kit: Add power (the blue units) Add a control input (the pink bits) Add a Branch extension module (the orange bits) Add an output …

Kicking the Mic

So we’ve just had our second two-day R and D on Kicking the Mic: This is a project that fuses tap dancing, looping and live Midi manipulation of sound. Imagine seeing a full composition created before your eyes by one dancer. It’s a fantastically challenging project- sparking great conversation about the relationship between composition, dance and audience engagement. We’ve found …

Standing Ovations and Rapid Prototyping

I’ve been silent this year so far- but not from getting to hibernate under a blanket. In fact- we’ve been working flat our since January 2nd. Our gigs in Germany at ZKM, with Hidden Fields (which I choreographed) were a great success- standing ovations for 2 of the shows, no less! Within 12 hours of returning I was thrown headlong …

2 more awards

Last week Phill Tew, Tom Mitchell and I had the opportunity to attend the Media Innovation Awards ceremony in Portsmouth. We were up for best Installation/Exhibition/Event for all our danceroom Spectroscopy work: the science, education, shows and public engagement. Well- We did a little better- we won 2 Awards! We won our category, and then amazingly won: Outstanding Contribution to …

Book of the Month

Our first danceroom Spectroscopy show, Hidden Fields was featured in the new MIT publication by Peter Weibel. Peter’s the director of ZKM, Europe’s leading digital arts venue. David Glowacki, the instigator of the danceroom Spectroscopy project wrote a great chapter about the molecular science, the technology, the dance and the impact. The book features beautiful pictures from our show.