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09/2023 Ultima - NO

ULYSSES Journeys offer young composers and performers the opportunity to take part in courses, workshops and residencies, but also to have concrete working experiences, through commissions and concerts.

Floating Pointers, a multimedia project for dancer, electronic music and video by Alisa Kobzar (composition) and Lisa McGuire (dance), takes inspiration from the concept of ‘pointers’ in computer science, where digital objects store memory addresses. In a fusion of human-computer interaction and collaborative creation, movement points to the music, the music points to the image, creating a multidirectional interaction. The act of ‘pointing’ is connected to Ukrainian folksongs as cultural artifacts and a source of poetic memory. The dancer assumes the role of a data-center operator, nurturing and sorting the cultural artifacts and their fragments across auditory layers.

Duo Rotkäppchen was selected to present Floating Pointers in the Ultima Festival as part of their ULYSSES Journey. Their stop at Ultima included mentorship by Alexandre Jensenius and a four-day residency at RITMO – Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion at the University of Oslo. The concert marks the end of Kobzar and McGuire’s residency at RITMO. Visitors will have the chance to visit the centre and become acquainted with its research and the advanced multimedia environment ‘fourMs Lab’, where the concert takes place. This event is free.

Duo Rotkäppchen: Alisa Kobzar – composer / performer (live electronics) Lisa McGuire – dancer

DATE: 21 September 2023, 16.00

VENUE: fourMs labRITMO, University of Oslo

More info on the Ultima website


Alisa Kobzar

Alisa Kobzar / Photo: Art Rybchenko

Lisa McGuire / Photo: Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard

Lisa McGuire / Photo: Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard

Organized in partnership with :
Divertimento Ensemble - IT, Gaudeamus - NL, HfMT- DE, IEMA - DE, impuls - AT, Ircam - FR, Mixtur - ES, Royaumont foundation - FR, Time of Music - FI, Warsaw Autumn - PL
Alisa Kobzar