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International Dance Party

Adad Hannah and Niklas Roy

2008

Synopsis

The interactive machine International Dance Party is a complete plug 'n' play party in a box.

The machine comes as a large, non-suspicious looking flight case. Internally, it is equipped with cutting edge radar sensing technology, an ear blasting state of the art 600W sound system, tons of psychedelic light and laser effects, and even a professional grade fog machine.  Through its dance activity radar, the International Dance Party detects and evaluates motion input from surrounding people in real-time. Several sophisticated transforming mechanisms let the flight case turn into a powerful and boosting party machine, once the visitors start to dance within the machine's range of perception.  The audience controls the complexity of the generated music and the intensity of the light effects directly by the energy of its dance action. When there is no audience, or when the audience is not active enough, the machine stops its performance and transforms back into a transport crate.

Documentation

Dissemination

Authors

Adad Hannah, *1971 in New York, is a Montreal based video artist. His work primarily focuses on the intersection between photography, performance, and video, usually in the form of video-recorded tableaux vivants. Hannah’s works have been produced in collaboration with and exhibited at such institutions as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Rodin Gallery in Seoul. He has recently exhibited at The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut (2010), The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2010), Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2009), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2008), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2006), and Casa Encendida, Madrid (2006). Recently he was also featured in two public art projects as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. Adad Hannah is represented by Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain.

Nikolas Roy, *1974 in Nuremberg, Germany, is a Berlin based artist, designer and engineer who builds entertaining electro-mechanical sculptures, machines and devices. His work has been shown at Siggraph (USA), Microwave (Hongkong), Transmediale (Germany), VIPER  (Switzerland), Emergences (France), LABoral (Spain), *artlabs (Romania) and many other festivals and museums around the world, often winning prizes for its inspired inventiveness.  He holds a degree in visual communications from the University of the Arts in Berlin. He is founder of Royrobotiks, a single member collective, which focuses on building artistic robots and he is member of the Gruppe für Servicekunst und Dekorationsgestaltung.

Collaborators

Baddd Spellah

Baddd Spellah finds it very hard to write convincingly about himself in the 3rd person and not sound insincere or pretentious. He had hoped that inspiration would strike and bestow upon him some wry and witty words for this personal account but instead he copped out with this evasive literal obfuscation. Its an obvious tactic to obscure his identity and hide behind a mask of anonymity. While he’d like to think this creates a certain mystique its probably more accurate to say that his real life is not interesting enough to warrant summing up in this block of text and wishes his music to speak for itself.

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