Smart Matter (2018) offers a poetic vision of how people might one day interact with programmable nanomaterials that reshape themselves, based on our instructions. It is hard to envisage, but Smart Matter takes a stab at imagining a future where gadgets assemble themselves on demand and drip away when not in use. Smart Matter is a series of speculative design films that explores the relationship between technology hype and its effect upon us.
Smart Matter plays with ideas of bodies, space and topologies and our interactions with the technology around us. Kate Sicchio explores these themes reflecting on her own work and beyond. Kate uses the term “Choreotopology” in her own practice and argues that in Smart Matter it is the movement itself that is more important than the humanoids, it is the space that is created that is the main feature of the choreography.
Kate is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology with wearable technology, live coding, and real time video systems.
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Smart Matter looks at how we interact with these new technologies and builds on previous studies that Universal Everything has done with motion tracking. These films were made in collaboration with dancers who were filmed with reflective markers on their clothing and a series of cameras which tracked their movements in a 3D space. These films take the dancers movement to another level allowing their digital representations to push and pull the modelling code between them.
Title: Smart Matter (2018)
Creative Director: Matt Pyke
Animation: Joe Street
Sound Design: Simon Pyke (Freefarm)
Senior Producer: Greg Povey
Motion Capture: Nick Dulake, Ursula Ankeny (Sheffield Hallam University)
Dancer: Tamar Draper
Choreographer: TC Howard