University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey

Corporeal Computing: A Performative Archaeology of Digital Gesture

2 September 2013 - 4 September 2013

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The interaction between digital computation and the body (anatomical or mechanical) is a long standing one (think, for instance, of Bede’s Computus Manualis, Leibniz’s machine, or the Chinese Book of Changes). Current developments have led to an explosion of the possibilities in human to computer interaction (HCI). The importance of kinetic-gestural and haptic languages within HCI has led to a growing interest in choreographic and movement studies approaches to computer interfacing, as well as more performative and choreographic engagements in human-to-machine interaction. Current developments in gesture and voice recognition, motion capture and movement animation, Kinetic interfaces and new choreographic software have opened a vast area of interaction not only between moving and gestural bodies and computers, but also an interdisciplinary dialogue between computer scientists, technology scholars, developers and body practitioners and theorists (particularly within the performing arts).


This conference on Corporeal Computing will bring together eminent international researchers in the field of digital performance and the digital arts who have made landmark advances in this field.




  • Paul Kaiser (OpenEnded Group), pioneer digital artist, whose collaborations with Merce Cunningham (Biped), Bill T Jones (Ghostcatching), and Wayne McGregor (Stairwell) have become landmarks of the digital dance field.


  • Thomas W. Calvert, Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Simon Fraser University (Canada), and CEO Credo Interactive. Credo are the team responsible for groundbreaking softwares like Lifeforms and Danceforms.


  • Kirk Woolford, Senior Lecturer in Media and Film, University of Sussex (UK), software developer and digital artist. Woolford's collaborations include Diller+Scofidio, Charleroi Danses, igloo, Susan Kozel, Frederique Flamand.


  • Mark Coniglio, artistic co-director of Troika Ranch, Germany



Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil, School of Arts and  Professor Paul Krause, Department of Computing, University of Surrey



For academic queries, please contact Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil at

For administrative matters and registration, please contact Ms Mirela Dumic at


Image courtesy of Paul Kaiser, OpenEndedGroup.