DisPerSion Lab


Founded in 2015 by Doug Van Nort, the DIStributed PERformance and Sensorial immersION Lab, located at York University, is dedicated to research-creation projects which examine questions surrounding instrumental and gestural expression, embodied perception, time consciousness and performative agency in the context of envisioning new forms of interdisciplinary creative practice. The lab space is defined by an environment suffused with reactive, intelligent digital media within which to explore new forms of artistic expression, and new insights into how we sense, process and interact with the performing arts in the post/digital age. The lab culture is defined by improvised inquiry and exploration of distributed creativity through music and movement-based performance practices that are mediated by contexts such as the physical distribution of performers across internet-based networks, and distribution of creative decisions between human performers and “artificially creative” computational agents.


Areas of Creative and Scholarly Interest Include:

21st Century and Experimental Music Practices
Sound Art/Theory
Improvisation and Distributed Creativity
Human/Machine Agency
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applied to Performance
​Deep Listening
Movement and Computation
Sonic and Haptic Perception
Phenomenology, Time and the Senses
Gesture and Embodied Cognition
Biophysical Sensing and Performance
New Instrumental Systems for Performance
​Material Computation
Composing for Immersive Environment
Sensory Substitution
​Live Coding as Performance Practice
Sound Analysis, Transformation, Synthesis, Classification

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