Bodyscape is a composition and a performance by Luca Forcucci exploring the body as a sonic landscape. Microphones and sensors collect and measure the data generated by a dancer’s touch, spatial perception, and biofeedback. This piece is a work in progress that will change during its three-day installation in the gallery at The Lab, where it is performed by Focucci alongside musician Cheryl Leonard and dancer Crystal Sepúlveda.
Bodyscape is coordinated by Swissnex.
Luca Forcucci, Switzerland and Berlin. Composer and media artist, writer and scholar. His works converge with dance, digital performance, poetry, architecture and neuroscience. He conducted his research at GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) in Paris, and at the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland. His artworks have been exhibited at the Biennale of Sao Paulo, Akademie der Künste Berlin, MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome, Rockbund Museum Shanghai, Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, Présences Electroniques Festival Geneva. lucalyptus.com
Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder. Over the last decade she has focused on investigating sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments. Leonard holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MA from Mills College. Her music has been performed worldwide and she has been commissioned to create instruments and music for Kronos Quartet, Illuminated Corridor, and Michael Straus. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, ASCAP, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the Eric Stokes Fund. Leonard has been awarded residencies at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Djerassi, the Arctic Circle, Villa Montalvo, the Paul Dresher Ensemble Studio, and Engine 27. Recordings of her music are available from NEXMAP, Unusual Animals, Ubuibi, Pax, Apraxia, 23 Five, and Great Hoary Marmot Music. allwaysnorth.com
Crystal Sepúlveda is a choreographer, performer, improviser. She holds an M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography from University of California, Riverside (UCR). She is a lecturer in the Dance Dept. at UCR and Mt. San Jacinto College. Her choreographies are adaptable environments that redirect the function, presence and possibilities of the moving body in performance. Her works have been presented at various venues and institutions including Music and Space Conference at CUNY Graduate Center Department of Music (New York City), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Milkbar (Oakland), Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts (Riverside), FIELD STUDIES at Chez Buskwick Studio (Brooklyn), homeLA and The Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles), UC Irvine, University Art Gallery (Irvine), Studio1415 and Excello Dance Space (Miami) and at El Centro Cultural Tijuana,Mexico. crystalsepulveda.com