Emovere emerges from a creation and research project originated in the Faculty of Arts of Universidad de Chile, which had the purpose of developing a performance piece and an interactive model between sound and dance with the intervention of projected images.
The project uses measurements of biosignals such as the heart rate and muscle tension of dance performers to modulate sound environments. The biosignals are captured by physiological sensors that measure the minuscule electrical changes produced by the performers’ nervous system. Then they are sent wirelessly to a computer where they are processed and mapped to various audiovisual materials.
The creation process was supported by the development of a theoretical line and an Alba Emoting (emotional induction system) seminar. The project involves several workshops and talks where the methodological results and the tools achieved during the creative and investigative process have been presented. These will be included in a subsequent interdisciplinary publication.
In the origin of the word “emotion” lies movement, change, transition; emovere, which means to displace, to mobilize, to remove the body from its state, is a performance piece that invites the audience to reflect on the nature and subjectivity of human emotion. Through emotions, the body takes action: the heart pounds, palpitates, flutters, stops and drops; palms sweat; muscles tense and relax; blood foils; faces blush, flush, frown and smile. Emotions are all this and much more: they are a revelation of life in the core of our entire organism; they are the expression of a struggle for balance; they are the evidence of exquisite adjustments and corrections in order to keep our organism whole.
The project Emovere takes “emotion” as a central axis in order to generate an interdisciplinary performance that uses body processes to build a scenic poetics based on a reflection about the biology of emotion, intertwining the various corporal, subjective, dance, sound, visual and technological materials and procedures that emerged inside an interdisciplinary creation laboratory.
The piece resides in the intersection between the exploration of the corporal patterns of different emotions and the capture of the electrical signals produced by the nervous system through physiological sensors. The bodily variations of the performers influenced by emotions and movements feed an interactive design that generates and modifies the audiovisual universe of the piece. The body of the performers is presented as a flux of information, vibrations, signals, gestures and tensions affected by the amplification of its internal processes which, at the same time, activates and modifies an environment in constant movement, displaced and unpredictable.
General Directors: Francisca Morand y Javier Jaimovich
Dance Directors: Francisca Morand y Eduardo Osorio
Performers: Francisca Morand, Eduardo Osorio, Poly Rodríguez, Pablo Zamorano
Sound Design and Interaction Director: Javier Jaimovich
Sound Composition: Sergio Núñez y Matías Vilaplana
Interaction Platform: Esteban Gómez
Performance Design: Ana Campusano
Visual Projections: Cristián Canto
Theory and Texts: Eleonora Coloma, Rolando Jara
Solange Durán (Alba Emoting Emotional Induction)
Sofía Muñoz (thesis student)
Claudio Rozbaczylo (Kinesiology consultant)
Eduardo Hamuy (projections design consultant)