Open Call

Art-A-Hack 2020 Special Edition - COVID-19 “DANCEDEMIC”

ThoughtWorks Arts

No Funding
Free / No Costs


Technologists/Artists: Previous editions of Art-A-Hack have been in person, but this edition will take place fully online, and is open to international participation, though the focus will revolve around the dancer’s presence within the New York City EST time zone. We have set up a system to allow participants to read the biometric data of the dancers remotely, which can then be used to generate graphics, audio, lighting, VR, AR, drones or anything you can think of to augment and interact with the dancer’s performance. The hack will culminate in a live streamed performance as part of the Battery Dance Festival, one of the oldest and most important festivals that will take place in New York City on August 14-20, 2020. To apply now, please read the Open Call below and fill out the application. We really want to work with you! The deadline for the call is Monday, June 24th.

Number of Participants

Three groups of varying sizes.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


July 06, 2020 - August 20, 2020


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Festival


Augmented Reality, Biotech, Dance, Dance Groups, Digital Media, Wearable Technology


No languages listed

Program Description

Art-A-Hack is partnering with Battery Dance Festival, Emotibit, and U.S. Fulbright Alumni Ties/World Learning during this time of Covid-19 by using lockdown and isolation as catalysts to imagine interactive live performance in new ways. We will be working with two dancers from Battery Dance Company, Hussein Smko and Razan Stoian who will be wearing Emotibits, special wearable sensors that transmit biometric data live time. The dancers will perform in two separate studio spaces while Art-A-Hackers create with them over a network in virtual spaces, or in ways yet to be imagined. How the biometric data is viewed, and what type of environment it distributes that data to throughout the collaborative network is the theme of this very challenging ‘dancedemic’ hack. We call on artists, coders, sound designers, thinkers and others to join us in this very unique edition of AAH.

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