Professor Kate Stevens
Cognitive psychologist Catherine (Kate) Stevens investigates the psychological processes in creating, perceiving, and performing music and dance, and applies experimental methods to evaluate complex systems and human-computer interaction. She holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Sydney. Kate is Professor in Psychology and leads the Music Cognition and Action research program in the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney (http://marcs.uws.edu.au/).
Professor Kim Vincs
Professor Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University’s motion capture studio and performance technology research centre, which she established in 2006. Kim is a choreographer and interactive dance artist who develops new ways of investigating and creating dance using digital technology. Her research brings together scientific, technological and artistic methodologies to develop new ways of creating dance performance.
She leads two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects in dance technology, and has previously worked with Professor Kate Stevens on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project in dance and cognition.
Kim has worked with several Australian artists and companies to create technologically enabled design for performance, including the Melbourne Ballet Company, Sidney Myer Fellows Gorkem Acaroglu and Danielle Wilde, and Opera Victoria. She is currently working with Australian Dance Theatre to create 3D stereographic imagery for Garry Stewart’s new work, Multiverse, to premiere at the Adelaide Festival Centre in July 2014. Her own work, The Crack Up, premieres at the Merlyn Theatre, Coopers Malthouse, in October 2014.
She has worked with many industry partners to develop projects in motion capture, movement analysis and digital art. She has commercial motion capture credits in computer games, television commercials and film, including Altv.fx’s Cannes Silver Lion winning Nocturnal Migration.
Professor James Leach
James LEACH is Directeur de Recherche, CREDO (CNRS-Aix/Marseille University-EHESS) and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia. He is a social anthropologist who has worked for 20 years in Papua New Guinea, publishing books and articles on creativity, ownership, kinship and place, and ecological knowledge. He has also worked with free software developers, art-science collaborators, and contemporary dance companies on similar themes of creativity, knowledge production and exchange, and on the role of technology in social form. www.jamesleach.net
Professor Michael Nicholls
While Mike’s first degree is in Architecture from the University of Adelaide, he went on to do a honours degree in Psychology and eventually a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Cambridge. He worked at the University of Melbourne for 17 years and moved to Adelaide in 2010 to take up a professorship in Psychology at Flinders University. He is director of the Brain and Cognition Laboratory which has a broad interest in cognitive processes, how they operate and how they are represented in the brain.
Dr Scott deLahunta
Scott deLahunta has worked as a writer, researcher and organiser on a range of international projects bringing performing arts with a focus on choreography into conjunction with other disciplines and practices. The work has focused in the last decade on diverse forms of artistic research in dance supported by new approaches to documentation, analysis and augmentation of choreographic creativity. Scott is currently Senior Research Fellow Coventry University & R-Research Director, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and Project Leader Motion Bank/ The Forsythe Company. http://www.sdela.dds.nl/