Temporal Spaces

Visitor is slowly moving in front of a distorted projection image in a dance studio

Step into an immersive dance world with Max Levy and Celia Bétourné’s Temporal Spaces, a multimedia installation that empowers the audience to become the dancer, choreographer, and viewer of their own iterative choreographic work. The project emphasizes the interplay between the seen and the unseen, creating unique zones with distinct rules and feedback triggers that allow the audience to interact and play with movement generation through visual and acoustic feedback. With no professional performers, the project highlights the active role of the audience in producing a collective visualization of movement captured in space. Leveraging affordable arrays of webcams as infrared sensors and AI to parse data through facial, body, and object recognition, the project merges the audience’s curiosity and playfulness with AI’s own playful interpretations of movement to archive real-time, iterative interactivity as visualized choreography. Alternating between phases of interaction and observation, the installation encourages the witnessing of self to iterate further on collective inquiry in an immersive environment.

Cover Photo: Kris Moor

Célia Bétourné

Célia Bétourné is an artist and designer whose work explores the intersection of new media, visual art, and technology. With a Master’s degree in Video Game Direction from Supinfogame Rubika and experience in virtual reality environment creation, artistic direction, and visual prototyping, Célia has a diverse range of skills in real-time content creation & experience design. She is also a co-founder of Cosa Mentale and Acéphale collectives, where she develops projects in immersive experience, interactive installation, generative art and audiovisual performance. In addition to her artistic work, Célia shares her knowledge and skills through freelance missions and training workshops, teaching 3D modeling, prototyping, and virtual and augmented reality creation. With an artistic approach to new technologies, Célia continues to explore the possibilities of digital art and interactive design.

Links: www.cosamentale.fr, www.behance.net/celiabetourne

Max Levy 

Max Levy is a Tokyo-born choreographer and multidisciplinary artist based in Frankfurt am Main. He trained at San Francisco Ballet and performed in America before moving to Europe in 2011. As a soloist at Ballett Staatstheater Nürnberg, he danced notable roles by renowned choreographers, and earned recognition and awards at international competitions. Since 2017, Max works as a freelance choreographer, known for his intersection of meditative processes and charged atmospheres, utilizing performance communication to engage performers and spectators consciously and passively. His recent series “Sleepdancing” explores themes of sleep and attention, engaging audiences to redefine their presence during performances. Levy emphasizes collaboration, empowering artists and performers to contribute significantly to the creative process, ultimately to make work which makes all participants recognize their agency. Levy continues to create choreography while exploring music and visual arts as integral extensions of this work.

Link: www.max-levy.com

MODINA Residency

The 8-week MODINA residency for the development of this project will take place at STL, Tallinn, between 8/1/2024 and 3/3/2024. It will culminate with an artist talk and a public showing (dates to be defined).