Invitation to R&D Meeting Archiving the Choreographic Machine: Sensuous Geographies

‘Archiving the Choreographic Machine: Sensuous Geographies’ is an interdisciplinary project investigating the medium of VR as a performance documentation tool. The project team Professor Sarah Rubidge, Dr Lyn Robinson and Dr Joseph Dunne-Howrie have organised the meeting to discuss the technical requirements of producing a VR version of Sensuous Geographies,a choreosonic installation devised by choreographer Sarah Rubidge and composer Alistair Macdonald. We are also looking for partners who possess the relevant technical and artistic expertise in producing a VR prototype performance document. It is hoped that the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss potential collaborations, but rest assured attendance will not be considered as an agreement to partner with us.

If you would like to attend the meeting please write to Joseph Dunne-Howrie at If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We have a limited budget to cover basic travel costs for those travelling from outside of London. Lunch will be provided.

Please note that this event is not a symposium with audience and speakers. The meeting will be of interest to those with experience and knowledge of performance documentation, VR and interactive media. If you know of someone with an interest in this area please pass this email on to them.

Here is a schedule for the day:

Event: R&D Meeting ‘Archiving the Choreographic Machine: Sensuous Geographies

Date and Time: Tuesday 26th March 10:30-16:15

Venue: Room C103

Tait Building

City, University of London

Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, London



The meeting will bring together specialists in performance documentation and VR to discuss how a document can be read/experienced kinaesthetically.  The team wish to understand what the technical requirements of building a VR document prototype are and investigate methods of preserving recorded live artworks in digital formats. The research context of the project concerns extant metadata processes for the preservation of time-based media projects and methodologies for documenting performative events.


10:30 – 10:45

Welcome and introductions

10:45 – 11:15

SR presents background information on Sensuous Geographies.

JDH and LR discuss their interest in documentation from LIS and performance perspective


Guests give 10 minute presentations on their work with VR and/or performance documentation. Topics may include but are not limited to:

•           How documents can be experienced kinaesthetically

•           Available methods/approaches are already available to record participatory performances

12:15 – 12:45

Discussion concerning research context(s) of the project



13:30 -14:15

Break out into three groups. JDH, LR and SG to lead discussion into:

•           Technical requirements for VR documentation

•           Potential of documents in performance practice and audience participation

•           Methods of generating and capturing user-generated data

•           Interacting in virtual environments


Feedback and discussion. Identify key technical requirements of building a VR prototype

15:15 – 16:00

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