Dawn Stoppiello will talk about her live-media performance ensemble Troika Ranch and its experimentation and innovation in computer mediated performance during two decades of rapid technological development (1989-2009). Stoppiello will also cover the development of the media-manipulation software Isadora®, created by Troika Ranch co-founder Mark Coniglio.
Dawn Stoppiello is a movement and media artist based in Portland, Oregon. She is most recognized for her 25+ years of choreography for bodies interfaced to computers through sensory systems and dancing in synchrony with projected images. With composer Mark Coniglio she co-founded Troika Ranch, a critically acclaimed performance ensemble that has been innovating and experimenting with computer technology in live performance since the late 1980s. Troika Ranch creates hybrid artworks through an ongoing examination of the moving body and its relationship to technology. Troika Ranch is currently engaged in a large-scale archival process to historically frame and artistically present the theories and practices around the company’s work, and to tackle the complex task of memorializing obsolete technologies, homemade systems and old “new media”. Stoppiello is also the director of Yes! Studio, an intimate live/work studio that provides residencies and workshops for live-media artists. Stoppiello received a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA in dance from George Washington University in 2014.