DeviceD – Manoli Moriaty & Lucie Lee


About the Artwork

DeviceD is a performative installation showcasing a commentary on our ubiquitous social media interactions, how these impact users in positive or negative manners, and the relationship between private and public identity.

The work places a dancer within a fenced perimeter, with sonic and visual elements projected onto the performer. Using a bespoke array of online communication software and bidirectional wearable sensors, the system is able to recognise real-time twitter interactions and translate them to commands for the vibrating motors worn by the dancer, who then interprets them as instructions for her performance. The performer’s ensuing movement creates gesture data which control the audiovisual elements of the installation.

Visitors can engage with the installation by interacting on the specific twitter channels the system is monitoring for activity, and in turn conduct the performer’s improvised choreography.

About the Artists

Manoli Moriaty is an artist and researcher who focuses on the fusion of sound and movement into a unified expressive medium. His practice is informed by themes of in/determinism, collective action, and appropriation of existing technologies, and has collaborated extensively with dancers, chorographers, and performance artists. His work spans a diverse range of formats, and has been presented internationally at ICMC, Athens, New Dance Festival, Beijing, Fylkingen, Stockholm, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.

Lucie Lee is a dance artist, choreographer, and researcher, specialising in contemporary dance techniques, contact improvisation, and physical theatre. Within the Lucie Lee Dance Company, her practice embraces digital technologies by producing experimental dance theatre performances and site-specific works. She delivers dance, choreographic and digital lab workshops in education and community through the Justify Move Dance Academy.