3X3: the Three of Joana Chicau III

Joana Chicau will create three new experiments for our 3x3 series of 2019. This is her final experiment.

Apr 2019
18:00 to 21:00


Experiments are an essential part of every art practice. Even more than the end results, experiments, bèta versions and try-outs offer an inside look on how an artist thinks and works. Therefore, the experiment is made central in 3x3.

V2_ offers three artists the space, time and resources to develop three experiments. Every first Friday evening of the month the public can witness one of these experiments live. A unique experience, since no one knows what experiments will lead to…

Joana Chicau

Joana Chicau is a graphic designer, researcher and coder, with a background in choreography and performance. She explores how design and coding practices interfere with interface design and information displays, taking into consideration choreographic thinking, embodiment and new possibilities for the perception of movement. More about Joana Chicau: joanachicau.com


The experiments will take place at 18:30h, 19:30h & 20:30h. Entrance is free during de Kunstavond.


Every Friday the Kunstblock art venues in the Witte de Withkwartier are open in the evening. Visit MAMA, TENT, WORM, V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and CBK Rotterdam’s collection of art in the public space.

Admission free/donations welcome! 

This evening Joana Chicau will present a new choreographic script, part of a live coding performance [1] embedded in a digital-physical process that explores the limits of languages and rhythms within web programming and choreography.

Tango is a hybrid between technique and poetics, and so has been various computing and programming developments: “In 1913, on the eve of the World War I, the Russian mathematician Andrei Markov published a paper applying probability to, of all things, poetry. In it, he modelled a classic of Russian literature, Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, using what we now call a Markov chain. (…)” [2] Similar models are key components of machine-translation systems like Google Translate which are now accessible in almost every page in the web. 

The script focus on the dialogical nature of Tango, using Google Translate with fragments of texts from interviews with Tango dancers and practitioners. It invites us to a pas de deux performed by the interface and JavaScript functions which randomise search queries and presents a series of (mis)translations. 

An algorithmic dance sustaining the intervals, the glitches between each step, each breath, and the emergence of a new vocabulary for the moving.

[1] This piece is part of the research project “Ways of Moving: Tango” developed as part of the Summer Sessions Network in a co-production of Untref/ Espacio Nixso and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL — 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
[2] Pedro Domingos (2015) “Master Algorithm”, Penguin Books, pp.153 

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