Matt Smith


Matt Smith
Dancers In The Dark, 2016
laser-scanner, laptop, camera

> Facade of building, 131 Victoria Street <

Dancers In The Dark invites the public to contribute dance moves and poses in the form of short video clips that are then assembled into a sequential collage and played back the same evening as a laser projection. The nature of the laser conversion process stylizes the dancers into animated line drawings, reminiscent of hand drawn frame-to-frame animations. The individual dancers are only distinguished by their moves as the conversion process also attempts to smooth out the differences in body shapes in the transition between individuals. The system is automatic, without intervention so that the animation is built in sequence, during daylight hours. Recorded by a camera on-site during the day, the nightly playback starts as soon as it becomes too dark for the camera to capture new clips, poetically referencing the coming together of individuals in a dance party after their respective work days, celebrating one of the fundamental forms of human expression.