Systems of dance notation translate human movements into signs transcribed on flatland, permanently preserving the visual instant.

Design strategies for recording dance movements encompass many of the usual (nearly universal, nearly invisible) display techinques.

Our understanding of the aesthetics of information is enriched by examining dance narratives and their visual texture. We come to appreciate how the underlying designs bring about and enable the joy growing from the comprehension of complexity, from finding pattern and form amidst commotion. 

¨How beautiful it was then,¨ writes Italo Calvino about a time of radiant clarity in cosmic prehistory, ¨through that void, to draw lines and parabolas, pick out the precise point, the intersection between space and time when the event would spring fourth, undeniable in the prominence of its glow..¨

Tufte Notes & EWMN


rifles: The act of dealing with sweaters, putting them on and taking them off, is hardly ever perceived consciously. When the object, i.e. the sweater, is stretched so that the body of the wearer can find its way into this envelope, when it shrinks so as to adapt to the body’s contours and to create a shape or lack thereof, an essential plastic process takes place —  Erwin Wurm, 59 Positions, 1992


Joseph Staples

Thought the mixed collages and textured backgrounds seem to be the main focus within his work, I personally prefer the far more minimalistic line work below. Perhaps it’s because it reminds me of Windows 98 but I love the overlaying lines dragged across the canvas. 7


“Saturn Devouring His Son” (1819-1823) Francisco de Goya
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Info and original painting here

This is such fun!

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Martha Graham and May O’Donnell in Hérodiade, 1944

Saw some of this set yesterday at the Isamu Noguchi foundation in Brooklyn New York!


Playground design by Isamu Noguchi.

Wonderful Japanese sculptor who based many of his forms on the moving body….he worked closely with Martha Graham

Sol le witt


Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes by Sol Le Witt.

Saw this fun choreographed collage at Moma!


Dora Maurer. Reversible and Changeable Phases of Movement, Study No. 4. 1972

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Only boring people get bored

BBC News - In pictures: Yoko Ono's Meltdown

Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and German producer Alva Noto collaborate for Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival with ondulating soundwave-like visuals

Kinetic Notations film from Lola de la Mata on Vimeo.

Inspired by dance notations (Labanotation), data glitches, sequences and grid/city planning I created surface designs which were then interpreted as scores. Through the movement of the columns which reflect one another, the space and projections- infinite pattern fills the space.

In taking design off the surface and into the space i was able to create an installation space which formed a platform where collaboration could take place.



Artists: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
Date: 19 June 2013
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London
Description: Intricate experimental merging of minimalistic electronics and restrained piano playing by the German-Japanese duo constellation. An abstract and captivating performance amplified by a stylish stage design, and part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival.
Rating: 8/10

The official Alva Noto website 

The official Ryuichi Sakamoto website

More about Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival