Call for Papers

The International Conference on Dance Data, Cognition, and Multimodal Communication (DDCMC19) is organized in the framework of the conclusion of ERC-funded research project BlackBox Arts&Cognition.

When:  September 19-21, 2019
Where: FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)

The increasing accumulation of dance data (for archives of contemporary artists, for the computational processing of collected data or for re-enactments and digital visualizations of previously staged pieces) is becoming a strong motivation for both researchers and performing artists to reflect upon the affordances and usefulness of looking at bodily movements in artistic settings to view human communication and cognitive processes (such as decision-making, creative and critical thinking, emotions) through a different lens.

The event wishes to bring together contemporary artists and researchers from a broad range of related academic disciplines, working within different theoretical and methodological paradigms to share their original research in a creative, international, and stimulating atmosphere.

This conference aims to provide a interdisciplinary forum (Humanities, Information Technologies, and Cognitive Science) for those creating and handling data from Performing Arts (with a focus on contemporary dance) interested in issues of multimodality and cognition in human communication and in human-computer interaction, particularly regarding documentation, video annotation tools, collaborative platforms for cultural heritage preservation, and scientific analyses of dance data, such as human behaviour and agency in different types of communication and their cognitive, cultural, narrative, technological, social, textual, or discourse functions.

Although more broadly the scope of the conference is defined to Performing Arts, we wish to explore more specifically on the current potential of “dance data” and how it can be related to content or form, processes or products, qualitative and quantitative inquiries. Dance data serve a variety of roles such as the subject matter for research, aspects of methodologies, and the format for public presentations. Papers dealing with the representation and annotation of the implicit knowledge contained in performing practices and the application of novel visualization technologies to support it are particularly welcome.

Papers on a wide range of topics dealing with Performing Arts are welcome, including, and not limited to:

Performance Studies:
– Dance Data: collection and applications
– Documentation of Performing Arts
– Intangible Heritage
– Digital Cultural Heritage
– Multimodal Corpora
– New Media applied to Performance
– Performance Philosophy
– Contemporary Dance
– Choreographic objects
– Digital tools for dance

Cognitive Science and the Performing Arts:
– Cognitive approaches to theatrical performance
– Gesture Studies
– Cognitive linguistics
– Human communication: verbal vs. non-verbal interactions
– Intercultural aspects of multimodal behaviour
– Multimodal Metaphor
– Applications of Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Performing Arts
– Neural mechanisms underlying motor control

Computer Science and the Performing Arts:
– Computer Vision: 3D rendering
– Movement tracking and visualization
– Dance and technology
– Virtual and augmented reality applications for Dance
– Information Visualization
– Motion Graphics
– Human Computer interaction
– Video annotation
– Annotation schemes and tools for multimodal corpora

Other interdisciplinary research and approaches to Performing Arts (theoretical, methodological, etc.)