Cinetaxis

– is a project led by SDNA, at once capable of becoming a son et lumier, intimate installation and theatrical performance. It’s an experimental collaboration of audio/video art and visual performance creating site specific ‘live’ installations.The inspiration for the title ‘Cinetaxis’ is derived from research into phototaxis, (insects automatic reaction to light sources), and a desire to explore the same in humans ‘attraction to light’, both real and metaphorical. This provides an aesthetic and narrative framework drawing links between insect anatomy and the human form, both beautiful and grotesque, fascinating and unsettling. Cinetaxis is genuinely cross-disciplinary, the project aims to create a dialogue and close integration between multiple artistic and scientific disciplines (contemporary performance, dance, music, new media and visual arts ), led by digital visual art as practised by SDNA.

Cinetaxis Experiment 1 was developed and presented in Labin, Croatia in 2007 as part of ‘Labin Visual Theatre Festival’. It was our first experiment integrating sound, digital visuals and live performance.

Extracts from Cinetaxis Experiment 2

Cinetaxis Experiment 2 was created in 2007 in a disused warehouse in the East End of London. The project explores audience interaction with audio visual installations and physical performance drawn from the observation of antropods.

In 2008 we took Cinetaxis in the form of an audio visual performance with Dubmode (signorafranca.com) to Signal Festival (signal-festival.org).

Audio Visual performance with Dubmode (signorafranca.com) presented @ Signal Festival (signal-festival.org) 2008.

In Spring 2009 we continued our process and received a research and development grant from Arts Council England (London) to present 2 weekends of Cinetaxis at the Shunt Vaults in London.

Cinetaxis @ Shunt
ARTISTIC DIRECTION / PRODUCTION Valentina Floris and Ben Foot
PERFORMERS Nina Fog / Natasha Mayran / Natasha Stanic
LIVE MUSIC Dubmode / Electric Lane / Takatsuna Mukai / Alessandro Olla
COSTUME DESIGN Cabinet of Curiosity
INSTALLATIONS Valentina Floris / Ben Foot / Zsolt Balogh / Barbara Gamper / Chris Singer

In January 2011 we started a new collaboration with an Entomology PHD Lecturer at Imperial College who invited us for a residency at the Silwood Campus in Ascot. We are currently researching further possibilities of interaction between science and art and preparing a new show. More details coming up soon.