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Open Call Oulu Dance Hack

Oulu Dance Hack is a unique opportunity to meet like-minded artists and technology specialists who are interested in creative risk-taking and collaborate in an easy-going and supportive atmosphere.

Oulu Dance Hack 2022 is a safe space for exploration. Participants will work in groups to explore the provided technology within a performance context, guided by experienced mentors. The programme will result in an informal sharing of ideas on the final day, including a small invited audience. This year’s hack features MiMU gloves, projection, moving head lights/lasers, robot dogs and automated platforms, 3D printing/CNC/vinyl cutting/wearable electronics, various sensors and interactive sound.

Oulu Dance Hack was launched in 2016 with a 3-day intensive hosted by EduLAB and the Dance Department at Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK). 12 artists were selected from an open call process, and travelled to Oulu in August, spending the time with TaikaBox and a small selection of dance and media students. Local tech businesses were invited to come on board and the artists had the opportunitie to work with a robot arm and multifunction sensors as well as the TaikaBox toolkit and the EVE environment at OAMK. After a day of introductions and experiments with various sensors, the artists split into groups and headed off to their respective studios to get hacking. With support from TaikaBox and some peer sharing sessions, they created short dance works that were shared at the end of the project, inviting an audience to tour the studios to see what had been created. 

In 2019  the Hack week was shifted to later in the year and integrated it into LUMO – Oulu Light Festival. This meant that they were unable to use the studios at OAMK, so started the week in City Dance and then moved up to Oulu Museum of Art. To connect with the LUMO festival, streetlights, flexible LED strips and moving head lights were incorporated into the project, setting up a programme of performances that was seen by hundreds of visitors over the festival weekend. 

The residency is free of charge. TaikaBox is working towards making Oulu Dance Hack a carbon neutral event and hence it aims to support participants’ slow travel and to cover their accommodation expenses. ODH will take place from 7 to 11 February 2022.

To apply: please email to: a letter that states why you want to take part in ODH22, a copy of your CV and any relevant links. Closing date is midnight on 30 November 2021.

More information can be found here.