European scene for choreographic creation and digital innovation

Art Factory

SCENE44, Pôle Media de la Belle de Mai, 37 rue Guibal 13003 Marseille


body in play

The body is very often the subject and object of artistic works, and even its very absence is treated as a motif.

This concept of presence or absence is all the more evident in the digital arts. Research into avatars, interactive scenarios, nanotechnology and on-line creation refer to new perceptions of the body expressed in its scale variations.

All technologies developed in virtual worlds require the body to be labelled on movements in space, by perceptual and representative systems of identification. The body is a prerequisite for re-cognition.


extension of the living

Areas opened up by new technologies generate transportable topologies in which dance can emerge and can be written. They free space for the imagination. These new tools, the dancers and the artists can and should seize these opportunities. Constantly evolving and always unfinished, technology continues with other technical equipment of the body, thereby touching on dance’s characteristic of having no beginning or end: there is no first act, let alone a last act.


interdisciplinarity and experimentation

Encouraging hybridization and interdisciplinarityentails meeting new demands from and new practices by the public. 

Prototyping is used to construct spectacular innovative objects and to experiment with processes to be used.

This approach creates links and knowledge transfers with and between researchers, universities and companies until the possibilities offered by the technologies used have been exhausted.



Changes and issues have a direct impact on the design and distribution of cultural products in the industrial and societal dimensions but also in the interdisciplinary fields of research and digital creation. Under their effect, the relationship with the concept of stage, image, body, text, identity and territory is questioned and redefined. They open up new opportunities for our sensory perceptions. The generation of “digital natives” (those born with digital technology) naturally incorporates this culture in any project. It drives an accelerated and almost irresistible restructuring of cultural values.


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