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Danceroom Spec troscopy. Dr. David Glowacki, PhD, MA. www Principal Collaborators. Phil Tew – creative programmer and PMS resident Laura Kreifman – Guerrilla Dance Project, choreographer, dancer, and generally enthusiastic person

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Dr. David Glowacki, PhD, MA

principal collaborators
Principal Collaborators
  • Phil Tew – creative programmer and PMS resident
  • Laura Kreifman – Guerrilla Dance Project, choreographer, dancer, and generally enthusiastic person
  • Prof Joseph Hyde – music dept., Bath Spa
  • Lee Malcolm – electronic artist and friend
  • Becca Rose – project assistant, artist, designer
  • Lots of others– Charlie Williams, Prof. Mike Ashfold, etc.

What happens when scientists do art projects…

it results in the most awkward name an art project could have:

dance room

spec tros co py


Spectroscopy: The use of light to obtain information about matter

...not many people know what spectroscopy is, but they should.


What might our eyes see if they were able to resolve the microscopic nanoscale world?

We don’t actually know, but we (even scientists) make pictures anyway…

artwork by Becca Rose


What drives dynamics, change, movement and flux on the nanoscale?

Energy “Landscapes”

…from the simple

to the complex...


So that’s the scientific context for danceroom spectroscopy, what was the spark?

Like lots of ideas, its origins can be traced to the “liquid network”*

Lee J. Malcolm of Vessels

*Steven Johnson



  • Is it possible to literally step intoand interact with a nano-scale energy landscape?
  • How can we fuse everyday, macroscopic motion with the invisible motion on the nanoscale?

A. By turning people’s motion into energy fields that warps the energy landscape of a liquid nano-world

Sounds and visuals can then be generated from people’s motion


People’s real-time motion is like waves and ripples that affect the atomic energy landscapes and the particle dynamics

The ripples and waves can be mapped into sounds




What’s the feedback been like?

“better than church”


Themes, ideas and observations that have emerged from dS

  • What we reveal with dS isn’t so different from what is actually happening to us as we sit here
  • Representing people as energy fields leads to
    • a different way of thinking about self
    • removal of inhibitions
  • A number of everyday linguistic metaphors are in terms of energy transfer; dS constructs a visual representation of these phenomena

Themes, ideas and observations that have emerged from dS

  • dS captures some analogies between lived experience and particle dynamics
    • Things are stochastic – i.e., neither fully random nor deterministic
    • beauty/order are delicately balanced with apparent chaos
  • dS offers an interesting glimpse of accelerated human evolution, resulting in strangers choreographing their motion together
  • More interesting patterns emerge with coherent, cooperative human action
reflections on the art science interface
reflections on the art/science interface
  • Science, like any human endeavor, relies on successful communication
  • While the criteria for success are different, both are attempting some sort of representation/model of the world around us
  • On the frontiers of fundamental science, one often finds no right answer – rather different models and ways of understanding
ds and culture
dS and culture
  • Both art and science are going to be critical in addressing the issues facing humanity – creating new technology will be just as important as creating new ways of thinking/relating to one another & the invisible world
  • Our response to issues concerning water, air, climate, and pollution depend critically on how much “reality” we ascribe to the invisible world around us
future plans
Future Plans…
  • Phil Tew will be working on the software full-time over the next 8 mos.
  • Continued collaboration with Laura K and Joseph Hyde
  • SxSW festival – Austin, TX
  • Aiming at a wave-themed exhibition/performance as part of the upcoming cultural olympiad in Weymouth

Or you can google ‘danceroom spectroscopy’


Or you can google ‘danceroom spectroscopy’