Moving Stories: Digital tools for Movement, Meaning, and Interaction

 The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) has been partnering in a cutting-edge research in the rapidly growing field of arts and technology design including motion capture, human-machine interaction, robotics, and animation. The four-year project, called "Moving Stories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning and Interaction," is being funded through a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The team is led by Thecla Schiphorst, a LIMS' Certified Laban Movement Analyst, who is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Other participants include: 

- The University of Illinois' eDream Center (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Research)
- The Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- The University of British Columbia Department of Theatre
- Credo Inc., specializing in developing digital tools for human movement and dance

"We are very excited to be a member of this cross-disciplinary partnership," says Karen Bradley, LIMS' Interim President and a principal researcher for the project. "Studying the role of human movement in all aspects of society is the heart of our work at LIMS. The understanding of the complexities of somatic movement will significantly enrich this effort to create new methods and new technologies for communication and creative interaction."

Currently, Bradley and Karen Studd are the lead investigators from LIMS. Bradley also directs the graduate program in dance at the University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Studd is a faculty member at LIMS and at George Mason University. Both are LIMS Certified Movement Analysts and teachers of Laban Movement Studies internationally.

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The BANNER PHOTO is an artistic work based on Labanotation that Thecla developed collaboratively with Sara Fdili Alaoui and Karen Bradley for LIMS' Partnership with the exhibition "Coding the Body", at ApexArt, 2014.