Kate Ladenheim, Amy Laviers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


UPDATED-June 23, 2020. "Babyface" is a machine-augmented, contemporary dance performance responding to feminized tropes in popular media and modern technology. Through choreography (both human and machine-based), costuming, and sound design, the piece collages ideas of perfection, servitude, aspiration, limitation, and spectacle. Specifically, this work centers a "cyborg" performer who wears a pair of robotic wings. The wings' two-degree-of-freedom motion is activated by the performer's breath through a pressure-sensitive sensor placed on the performer's abdomen. This machine defines parameters for the performer's choreographic vocabulary extending their physical reach and range of motion and activating, while also limiting, the backspace of their body. Through breath activation, it is a tool that can be consciously and unconsciously activated. Through tight coupling with this machine, "Babyface" offers an artistic response to the gendered pressures of modern technologies that absorb and disseminate existing feminine stereotypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375054
StatePublished - Jul 15 2020
Event7th International Conference on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2020 - Jersey City, Virtual, United States
Duration: Jul 15 2020Jul 17 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference7th International Conference on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2020
CountryUnited States
CityJersey City, Virtual


  • Dance
  • Feminism
  • Wearable robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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