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PROJECT NAME: Memory Release

COLLABORATORS: Camila Valenzuela (collaborator) & Chris Fayers (programmer)
Form: Research Project

Memory Release is a Future Physical Research Commission produced by Infinito, co-produced by essex dance as associate artist (dance.tech), Dance East, CICV (France) and supported by Arts Council Dance Department.

Bioflows | 18/02/03
Colchester Arts Centre
An evening of discussion, sharing process and practice with Isabel Rocamora.

An archived recording of this event is available on this website.
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Memory Release | 05/04/03
Homerton College Auditorium
performance – work in progress

entry: free (limited places, please book)
times: 18:30 & 20:00
(with post show discussion)

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research projects>>
> Alter Ego
> Temporal Manifestation
> memory release
> schème II
> Hypnos

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related links>>
> www.infinito.org.uk
> www.essexdance.co.uk
> www.cicv.fr
> www.dance.tech.co.uk

> memory release @ BIOFLOWS
> photo gallery @ BIOTECH
> memory release @ RESPOND

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project description:

Memory Release is a solo performance piece using live motion capture, video projection and the hanging body. It explores findings on the mechanisms of memory and its relationship to brain and body in Neuroscience and Eastern Medicine. It asks questions about the neural, physical, emotional and aesthetic nature of memory retrieval.

The research will use essexdance's motion-capture unit. Rocamora will perform while suspended, employing live motion-capture and pads on the body, along with biographical video clips from her past. The computer will react to given muscle groups and body articulations, triggering video footage. The artist will research into neuroscience and Eastern Medicine linked to the architecture of memory - the way it is captured, held and then released into our consciousness once more. An external nervous system formed by motion capture and computer-video projectors will represent the internal process.

Image Credit | Martin Figura


Isabel Rocamora is an anti-gravity artist based in London. In 1993 she co-founded Momentary Fusion Aerial Dance-Theatre, a company that fused aerial acrobatics, dance, theatre, architecture and film and that toured to packed theatres and sites worldwide. Her choreography for the screen includes Fairy Tale for Paramount Pictures 1997 and Passage, a dance for the camera for Arte TV 2002. She currently works as an individual artist creating live installations and experimenting with video.


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