AUGORG's research worked with practices of playing between moving from conscious mind (more removed from nature) and returning to senses (subconscious mind experience in tune with nature). Opening up to the subconscious mind allows us to work directly with nature and learn from her long proven histories of phenomenon.
We approached the project viewing environments as identities and aimed to mirror characteristics and narrative expression of the identity through the choreography of dancer and camera view. We found locations utilising local knowledge, google maps and our own walking, cycling and driving explorations. Locations we ‘resonated’ with produced stories that surfaced through observing landscapes (permaculture) and subsequent emergent narrative voices arose by observing and listening to our consonant and dissonant experiences, in, of and around these landscapes.
Being in Finland in the summertime, created a lot of light time. 22hrs a day of light. We used this opportunity to play with the different augmented states of light -- particularly the extended dawn and early mornings, midnight sunshine and the extended twilight. Being in the forests of Finland at this time of year affected our perception of light and also our circadian rhythms. We needed less sleep.
The production phase of AUGORG focused not only on the creation of assets but also interdisciplinary processes & workshop modules integrating the following areas of research:
As an AUGORG research contributor, associate Neil Harbisson's sonochromatic audiovisual tuning system has been applied as a fundamental facet of the experiential designs of the AUGORG film & live project outcomes.
Sonochromatism or sonochromatopsia a neurological phenomenon in which colours are perceived as sounds. The phenomenon is created by the union between a brain & a colour-to-sound software or chip. The AugOrg project research delves into emotional relationships & combined harmonic narrative possibilities of sonochromatic data.
The AUGORG Project sought to use the sonochromatic tuning system to gain deeper insights into relationships between environmentally triggered emotions and pitch/colour data.
Nurobodi is a post-human environmental design practice focused on the use of integrated pitches & colors to create physical & digital environments conducive to heightened states of awareness & greater sense of wellbeing.
The AUGORG Project collaborated with Nurobodi on the audiovisual production for both live performance production design & audiovisual grading for the Augmented Organism film. Nurobodi's focus with audiovisual communications in utilizing the meta properties of specific combinations of pitch & color data values as programmatic forms of mind/body/emotion states.
More details about Nurobodi Design is available at www.nurobodi.com
The Fusionist mindset of transmedia story architecture bridges physical & digital environments. These evolving narrative landscapes inform new processes, agile production sprints flexible outcomes for both the digital & physical world & the augmentation of both.
AUGORG examines technological transhuman & post human concepts as well as mythological psychology including animal, human and plant archetypes, rites of passage, ceremony, ritual and healing.
AUGORG explores forms of active listening to natural and constructed environments as a distinct aspect of communication through the lens of audiovisual tech & data tools to guide us back to the wisdom of Mother Earth. AugOrg offers a creative critique of digital communication & networking in its ability to profoundly affect the nature of non-digital communication, relationships and environments.
AUGORG's movement inspiration stems from Min Tanaka's Butoh methodology descriptions of Body Weather, a semi-intuitive technique that is always expressing "I am here in this moment" though drawing the outside environment as an omni-central movement response. Like Tanaka, we played with the concept of the body not being a set entity, constantly changing like the weather, one that measures the landscape. The methodology uses a direct response with the ground upon which we danced, literally defining our actions as "I dance place".
AUGORG's research has delved into Adaptive Choreography, one that holds basic alchemical properties of movement, but can be changed in ways that best suit the situation of the moment. Through movement, we chose to articulate the experiences we had by embodying things that could not be articulated into words, or go unnoticed in the time we usually travel through space such as the vibration of grass blades. Breath is also our natural counter, as it is the unconscious interaction we have every moment with our environment.
AUGORG's choreography has foundational building blocks --blocks of language movement that assist in developing mood, setting and energy levels using reference to elemental bodies of movement from fire, water, wood/earth, and wind/sky. These blocks are moveable and can be combined into choreographic sequences such as fire-wood, and water-fire as an example.
In energy contrast, to contribute to a digital representation in a natural environment, there are also interrupted choreography blocks that are inspired by what the digital culture has taught us...copy, paste. copy, paste. undo, undo, return and space. This digital movement quality has a nice representation of our digital systems that are more integrated into our daily interactions, at times working with/or against analogue way of movement.
We also have started to play with the idea of the choreography being an integrative process with Neil Harbisson's sonocromatic files, for instance have a movement energy output for the representation that goes with the sound of green, and adaptations to the position as you go up and down the scale.