NEURAL NARRATIVES1: PHANTOM LIMB. (2013-2014).   40m













CHOREOGRAPHY: Muriel Romero MUSIC : Pablo Palacio INTERACTIVE VISUAL SIMULATION: Daniel Bisig.

PERFORMERS: Begoña Quiñones, Verónica Garzón, Alicia Narejos y Muriel Romero.

LIGHTING: Pablo Palacio SCENOGRAPHIC ASSISTANCE: Pablo Batista

PRODUCTION: Muriel Romero y Pablo Palacio.

SUPPORTS:  Programa de Cultura de la Unión Europea, Unterwegs Theater (Heidelberg,  Germany), Teatros del Canal (Madrid),  La Casa Encendida,El Graner Espacio de Creació (Barcelona), Teatro Paco Rabal (Madrid), Infomus-Casa Paganini- Universitá de Genova (Italia) e Institute for Computer Music of Zurich (ZHDK).


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BRIEF DESCRIPTION


Neural Narratives1: Phantom Limb is a trans-disciplinary research project that combines mathematical models from cognitive neuroscience with choreography, music and visual arts in order to realise new creative approaches in the performing arts. 


In particular, in this work we use artificial neural networks as a common substrate to establish algorithmic connections between cognitive neurosciences, dance, sound synthesis and generative video. These disciplines gather operationally and form a unity on the basis of their circular interactions. 


The ultimate goal of this study is to produce a performance that serves as an artistic form of dissemination of this research. Towards this goal, we developed software tools that may operate as meta-instruments to control the creation of synthesized sounds, images, choreographic and architecture structures.


In Neural Narratives1: Phantom Limb we'll see How artificial neural networks could serve as an interface between real and imagined body parts.


In this sense an audiovisual interactive neural body extension has been designed that may enter into different situations of co-determinacy with the physical body, so that both entities establish reciprocally their creative conditions via the simultaneity of their real time dynamic couplings.

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In Neural Narratives1: Phantom Limb the bodily activity of the dancers play a prominent role in the evolution of the sonic and visual properties of the space, which behave as an extension to the body movement. A series of artificial audiovisual creatures animated by interactive  artificial neural networks are projected as holograms in the performing space.


Below we some images and videos show the process of the skeleton’s movement analysis of the dancers and how this is inormation is used for the artificial neural creatures to attach to the different joints of the dacer’s body:






















The form of Neural Narratives1:Phantom Limb is a mosaic of ephemeral micro-worlds and micro-identities that emerges from the initial chaos of the local  interactions between the phantom limb the physical body. These  ephimeral configurations or patterns in flux are in constant transition, each one trying to establish or impose itself through fast and cyclic oscillations.


The study and comprehension of this transition from local rules to a global coherence and plays a fundamental role in the evolutions of both the microscopic and macroscopic form of this study, unifying both levels of analysis..