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Playing by Eye

I’m back. And waiting in my inbox was this story about a concert being performed with the assistance of technology at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland.

SPOTLIGHT: EYELIGHT MUSIC – SMARTlab, Futurelab, SpecialEffect, CRC & Trinity College Dublin
07 Feb 2009
 (Time: 19:00 – 20:00)
Location: PACCAR Theatre
Ticket Info: Free (pre-booking essential)
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A special performance to relight the spirit of the LIGHTWAVE festival EYELIGHT is a groundbreaking musical performance.

Musicians Colm O’Snodaigh and Martin Brunsden of Kila, Robbie Perry, Juliet Turner, Dee Armstrong will perform live with James Brosnan and Katy Gilligan (creative collaborators with severely limited physical movement due to Cerebral Palsy) who will take an equal part in this big music and dance jam by using their eyes to operate a musical system using four infrared red light sources to enable the computer to interpret eye movement as an interface to musical engagement. Lizbeth Goodman (SMARTlab/Futurelab Director) and Bobby Byrne (Counterbalance Dance) will perform with James and Katy to show the possibilities for movement vocabularies controlled by eyes.

The 30 minute show will include two original songs written with and for James and Katy, both of which will feature on the forthcoming album, Soshin, recorded by members of Kila (to be released in the Spring of 2009). The show will begin with a brief lecture/introduction by Professor Goodman and Dr Mick Donegan, co-Principal Investigators of the InterFACES project which aims to put a human face on technology for sustainable creative futures.