Djerassi Resident Artist Program - THE EXTENDED NOW: Media, Performance and Isadora Workshop with Ian Winters

  • Deadline:
    April 19, 2017, midnight
  • Location:
    Djerassi Resident Artists Program in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Media, Performance and Isadora Workshop with Ian Winters at Djerassi Resident Artist Program

*** Workshop 6/10 to 6/15, 2017 ***

WHEN :: Saturday, June 10th to Thursday, June 15th, 2017

WHERE :: Djerassi Resident Artists Program in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

WHAT :: a 6 day / 5 night residential media & performance workshop taught by visual / media artist and Isadora teacher Ian Winters focused on intereactive video, sound and performance

HOW MUCH :: price includes full meals & lodging at Djerassi, equipment usage, and airport pickup and varies by your choice of lodging from $700 - 1250. A limited amount of financial aid is available - please contact Ian directly.

LEARN MORE :: For full details please visit:

HOW TO APPLY :: Application fee is $15, please visit: Notifications will be sent on April 26, 2017.

Geared toward performance makers, visual artists and musicians interested in exploring new media tools, The Extended Now workshop explores technical and compositional strategies for integrating live and interactive media in performance and site-specific installation. Our time is split between the development of technical skills and creating short site-specific interventions, installations and performances in the fabulous landscape and buildings of Djerassi, culminating in an evening workshop performance at Djerassi for students and invited guests.

The technical aspects of the workshop focus on the use of the Isadora software ( as a tool to easily integrate recorded & live visual imagery/video, lighting, sound, and sensor information as core parts of physical performance, dance, and installations. Depending on student interest/needs, we may also work with Max/MSP, Processing, and the creation of simple physical electronics / sensors using Arduino. Included as a part of the workshop will be a private consultation with Ian to review your project.

On the compositional side, a few questions/thoughts inform the workshop:
How long is now?
What happens when the now of performance is extended through image, sound, light, and repetition / amplification / contrast?
What does interaction mean in a sensor-driven world and where does the ‘interaction’ occur?
How can these tools extend choreography beyond the body to ideas of attention and experience?
What kinds of compositional strategies / tools / scores can be used to work across divergent media?


Ian Winters is an award winning video & media artist working at the intersections of physical performance, installations / architectural form, and time-based media based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to individual work he often collaborates with composers, directors, and choreographers to create both staged and site-specific media environments through performance, visual and acoustic media.

Recent awards include Creative Work Fund, Rainin and Zellerbach foundation funding, residencies at EMPAC, Djerassi, Sussex University, and Earthdance, 2013 and 2014 ISEA panelist on sensor driven and network performance, Leonardo LASER presentations, 2012 & 2014 LAD awards for video design, and multiple Isadora Duncan Awards for best visual / video design.

In addition he teaches workshops in interactive video / sound, and has been a visiting artist/conference presenter in media & performance at many institutions including USF, SF State, MIT, Mass Art, LSU, Amherst, Duke, Brighton, Sussex, CCA & Brunel. He studied video, performance and photography at the SMFA-Boston and Tufts University, with post- graduate training in architecture and live performance.

Recent video and media design collaborations include work with Myra Melford, Van-Anh Vo, LA Philharmonic / Netia Jones, Robert Moses Kin, Francis Ford Coppola, Shotgun Players, ALICE Arts, Chitresh Das, Pamela Z, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, Shadowlight Puppet Theater, Makrokosma Bali/Gamelan Sekar Jaya, DSDT, ODC Dance, Lenora Lee Dance, ALICE Arts, Evelyn Ficarra and many others.