Johannes Birringer

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  • ISEA2020

    Johannes Birringer, Brunel University. He is director of the DAP-Lab and headed the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance from 2008 to 2015, curating the annual Research Seminar Series and the Artaud Forum. He is a choreographer and media artist, and artistic director of AlienNation Co., a Houston-based multimedia ensemble. After directing international workshops on dance and technology in England, Germany, and the U.S., he was appointed head of the new dance and technology program at The Ohio State University (1999-2003). In 2003 he was appointed Principal Research Fellow in Live Art and Performance at Nottingham Trent University.

    In late 2005 he convened the Digital Cultures Lab, a cross-cultural dance and technology workshop-festival, and in 2003 he founded the Interaktionslabor Goettelborn in a former Coal Mine in the Saarland, Germany. His exhibition-performances and digital films have been staged in Europe, the U.S., Latin America, China and Japan. He has received numerous arts grants, awards, and fellowships for his work including a NEA/Rockefeller artists project grant in 1993; in 2013-17 he participates in the European Metabody research project funded by a grant from the EU.

    Birringer received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Trier University (Germany) after graduate research fellowships at Cambridge and Yale Universities. He has taught performance studies at Yale University, UT-Dallas, Rice University, Northwestern University, and at the Giessen Institute of Applied Theatre Science.

    ISEA 2018

    Johannes Birringer, Brunel University, London, UK, is a choreographer and media artist; he co-directs the DAP-Lab at Brunel University where he is Professor of Performance Technologies in the School of Arts. He has created numerous dance-theatre works, video installations and digital projects in collaboration with artists in Europe, the Americas, China, and Japan. DAP-Lab’s interactive dance Suna no Onna was featured at festivals in London (2007-08); the mixed-reality installation UKIYO went on European tour in 2010. The dance opera for the time being was shown at Sadler’s Wells, 2014.

    A series of immersive dance installations, metakimospheres, began touring in Europe in 2015-17 as part of the Europe-wide METABODY project. He authored Media and Performance (1998), Performance on the Edge (2000), Performance, Science and Technology (2009), and transdisciplinary research projects, including the books Dance and Cognition (2005), and Dance and Choreomania (2011). He is editor of “Sound in Performance” for Critical Stages #16 (2017).


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  • United Kingdom

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  • DE
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