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This text finds the intimate affinity between dance and philosophy in the concept of problem and invites the reader to perceive dance and philosophy as a form of ballistics: the art of throwing. On one hand, this text is an invitation to look at dance not necessarily as an artistic practice but rather as an affirmative force that manifests itself as an expression of the power to turn any domain into a dance floor. On the other hand, this text also understands philosophy as an invitation to dance a problem, or, in other words, philosophy is a practice of choreographing the trajectories of problems.


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I am very happy to announce that since February 1st 2017, and other related dance-tech projects have initiated process of developing a collaborative ownership  model involving several important organizations in the field.
These organizations represent diverse approaches and perspectives  on the transmission of dance knowledge, facilitating an exciting and strong synergy that may manifest in new developments and collaborations to support this community.
It is a moment of reconnection and reinvention.
Motion Bank from Frankfurt (Germany) have decided to step in to support directly the transition,  joining efforts with Bates College with direct financial support  covering the costs of server and hosting of and
Here are the words of Florian Jenett from Motion Bank:
"Motion Bank has explored intersections of dance and technology since 2010 building on projects that reach back to as early as 1994. Technology for us is an enabler, an invitation to see more and take new perspectives on an art form that is inherently hard to translate into other domains outside the body. We know Marlon for a long time and have been following his relentless efforts in shaping for this community and hence are happy to now be able to support it."
Dance-tech Core Node:

I am honored that the following people and organizations have expressed interest in participating in this  process as the Dance-tech Core Node:

Scott deLahunta  and Florian Jenett from Motion Bank (Germany)
Kerstin Kussmaul from IDocde/REFLEX Europe (Austria)
Nayse Lopez from festival Panorama (Brazil)
Rachel Boggia from bates College (USA)
Johannes Birringer  from Brunel University (UK)
Matt Lewis from ACCAD/OSU (USA)
Marcela Giesche from Lake Studios Berlin (Germany)
Mark Coniglio from Troikatronix/Isadora (Germany)
Susan Kozel  from Medea Malmo University (Sweden)
Norah Zuniga-Shaw from Department  of Dance of The Ohio State University
Director of Dance and Technology
Jaki Levi from ArrowRoot Media
Jeannette Ginslov Independent artists and researcher (UK)
PhD Candidate London South Bank University 
Lisa Nelson from Contact Collaborations, codirector CQ Contact Quarterly Magazine and director of Videoda
These are the agreements  and basic guidelines for the transition from  February 1st 2017:
1.-Participants of this process must have an active account on and join a group that will be specially created for this process on the same network (dance-tech core node)
2.-The ownership of the and will be transferred  to a group of collaborators of stakeholders.
3.-Motion Bank, in agreement with Marlon Barrios Solano, is the main/first enabler of this transmission of ownership and commits to continue paying the hosting fees and maintenance of all the dance-tech platforms: and  Vimeo starting February 1st 2017
4.-All collaborators commit to keep the content available and free of cost. A donation system is embedded in the platforms and it is  linked to Motion Bank
5.-Marlon Barrios Solano will keep his account in dance-tech,net as Marlon Barrios Solano (network creator);  and will share the moderation/administration privileges until is necessary.
6.-It should be very clearly and visibly stated in the main page sidebar that dance-tech projects are supported by this new collaborative model. All supporters may use of the side bar to show a linkable logo to their websites or dance-tech accounts.
7.-Marlon Barrios Solano will maintain the ownership of projects such as dance-tech interviews and views, meta-academy, meta-medialab, meta-creationlab and will keep using his account for their publishing. It is also offered in this new phase, the possibility that all organizations can use the names and concepts the dance-tech projects.
An excellent start of this new phase!
Please leave questions, ideas in the comment section of this post!

Images: Motion Bank Choreographic Coding Lab #5 Los Angeles 2015 @ UCLA

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Call For Proposals

5th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education

July 28 - 30, 2017 at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival


why compromise. mind the dance.

promoting actions and creative visions in a precarious world


Informed by the developments in the world of socio-politics – and the cultural attention that goes along with it – we at the IDOCDE headquarters decided it was time to frame our annual Call for Proposals as a Call for Action. This decision is to address the theme of the 5th IDOCDE Symposium.

The theme of the 5th IDOCDE Symposium – why compromise. mind the dance – is different from the previous themes in that it does not only ask you – the dance educator, artist, student, cultural worker, and the participant in the making of The World – to look inwards and reflect on your developing practice, share your reflections and by doing so enrich the experience of others. The aim of this year’s Symposium is also to ask you to add an outward-looking reflection whilst asking the question: what is my practice actually doing to the world – given my experience of managing personal pedagogic and artistic practices? How are my pedagogic and artistic decisions shaping the world of others – my students? My peers? And what, in particular, is the effect of the decisions I am not making?

(The time for mulling around is up.) 

Assuming that compromise is somewhat a part of everyone's daily life, we ask: What do you actually do when you compromise? What are the reasons for which you compromise? And how long do you think it will be possible for you to continue that practice?

We are not interested in asking you to imagine a world without compromise. This is not a utopian exercise. What we are inviting you to is, thinking thoroughly about compromise. And consider what kind of world your practice is creating. What kind of institutions, what kind of organisations, what kind of ecosystems, what kind of politics, what kind of families. 

Instead of stepping into the trap of ‘judge-mentality’, we would like to ask you to join us, think together with us; to pose sincere, straightforward, and challenging questions. In short, we would like to ask you to approach this Symposium with the clarity of body-mind you may have never dared to engage with before in a public space, and by doing things you may have never dared to do before in a public space. In other words, we would like to ask you to approach this challenge – ‘as a human being’, an experienced participant in an alliance of individuals, artists and educators. 

We hope this call is inspiring and exciting; resonating with your priorities, with your practices, with your interests, and with your passions for dancing – if so send your proposal today! And help us bring about a Symposium that will not only enrich, but that will also move – move participants to action. Help inspire, inform, and support our community by exposing your experiences: Your physical practices, your pedagogic practices, your theoretical practices, your artistic practices. Your public thoughts, your intimate thoughts, your affirmative thoughts, your challenging and critical thoughts.

Help encourage the community by joining this alliance. Participate at the 5th IDOCDE Symposium on contemporary dance education and so – help make a difference!

Proposal for “why compromise. mind the dance.” and their formats* may include the following, but are not limited to these:

Emerging practices in the oscillation between art-making and education

Examples you find within you or around you, or in other landscapes beyond dance as a response-ability to the world around you


Philosophy in and of dance

Political actions

Historical context(s)

Proposals that address the how we are being with each other right now right here






Performative actions

Hang outs


Mediated spaces (virtually and non-virtually)

*We invite you to challenge (or not) the ‘usual’, the ‘conventional’, the ‘traditional’ formats of public presentations and sharings, teachings by staging your sessions in a way that aligns the staging to your thinking and ‘the doing of your thinking’. In other words, we invite you to think ‘outside the box’. This might be the opportunity for some to question or problematize the assumed role language has in enabling communication. What of your thinking would best be communicated in words, and what of your thinking would best be communicated in experience, performance, movement, action, etc?


IDOCDE invites contemporary dance practitioners, dance and movement educators, researchers, theoreticians and other practitioners contributing to this field

to submit proposals for the 5th IDOCDE Symposium!

All practical or theoretical proposals centered on aspects of teaching, researching or practicing dance, in relation to the proposed theme, are being considered.

Formats might range from teaching a class and sharing reflections, hosting a lecture demonstration, talk or discussion, to more uncommon or experimental formats, or anything in between.

Propositions of a length up to 2 hours (ideally 90 minutes, longer or durational propositions will be considered whenever possible), individual and team proposals from teachers all over the world and the IDOCDE community are warmly welcome. 


Please fill in the PROPOSAL FORM by creating a new idoc under your profile and add it into the Symposium Folder before February 15th, 2017.

  • If you feel inspired but you’re unsure of how to frame your thoughts within the parameters given by this form – please contact
  • Complete the proposal form on and send a copy to
  • For technical issues/ idocde website, please contact
  • Deadline for proposals: February 15th, 2017


Your Symposium and REFLEX project team:

Defne Erdur, Eszter Gál, Pavle Heidler, Kerstin Kussmaul, Lieve de Pourcq, Martin Streit 



The IDOCDE symposium is part of the EU program REFLEX EUROPE.

REFLEX researches and uses documentation as a tool for reflection in order to improve the teaching and to increase the impact on the learners in contemporary dance.   

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Part of the New York City Digital Humanities Festival.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
RSVP: eMail

We will discuss strategies for creating experiences and performances that cross the domains of software, sound, and dance while respecting each medium’s idiosyncratic strengths. D. Schmüdde will provide a brief overview of the hardware, software, and original code he wrote to track bodies and manipulate sound in “Borderless.” Co-creator Kim Burgas will discuss the process of developing a physical language for video and highlight how the subject matter affected the medium and how the medium affected the subject. After establishing this context, the group will workshop themes and initiatives brought by each member. This may include specific projects or general research interests. We’ll discuss tools and techniques, implementing by direct experimentation wherever possible.

Skill Level


Equipment & Software requirements
Kitchen Table Coders at Morgan and Grand in Brooklyn, NY


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