Senses Places is a somatics-technological dance collaboration project that creates mixed-reality performance and participatory
environments for audiences in physical-world locations and the Second Life virtual reality environment created by Linden Labs.
Senses Places is a partnership between Isabel Valverde, a performer, interdisciplinary choreographer, and researcher, and
Todd Cochrane, a software developer in research and for art. The two explore dance-technology frameworks for performance in
the digital domain in collaboration with additional artists which creates a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural project
Senses Places mixed reality performance and participatory environment
collection. This collection documents a performance at the 2014 Metaverse Cultural Series including scholarly papers and presentations
that provide the background for the group's approach to performance. The performance is created by artists and audience participants
in physical world locations and/or Second Life, who interact somatically with each other and/or through avatars, video mediation,
flexible screens, and through bio-data tracking technology equipment as well as lights, colors, and sound. Technology tools
co-relate physical movements to avatars in Second Life, and the colors and lights produced in SL produce sound in the physical
Participatory experience encourages the engagement with embodied improvisational aspects between physical and virtual performance
places, either from individuals affecting avatars on computers or interacting within a physical performance exhibit/environment.
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not
an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission
or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Mixed files in Series 1-3 are available on the media cart in the Special Collections reading room; archived copies of websites
in Series 4 are available through the Internet Archive (https://archive-it.org/collections/6385).