2014. Interactive performance installation artwork by Simon Biggs, Garth Paine and Sue Hawksley.

Visual artist: Simon Biggs
Composer: Garth Paine
Choreographer: Sue Hawksley
Software development: Hadi Mehrpouya

R & D supported by an artists residency at the Bundanon Trust, New South Wales, July 2013 with dancer Lucy Boyes.
Further development and production at Arizona State University, January 2014 with dancers Angel Crissman and Michaela Konzal.
Performance at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, July 2016 with dancer Tanya Voges.

Performance at Hartley Playhouse, UniSA, 2016. Photo credit: Simon Biggs. Dancers: Sue Hawksley & Tanya Voges

Crosstalk is for two performers; their movement and speech are re-mediated within an augmented environment employing real-time 3D motion tracking, multi-source voice recognition, interpretative language systems, 3D visualisation within a custom physics engine, large scale projection and surround-sound audio synthesis. The acquired speech of the dancers is re-mediated through projected digital display and sound synthesis, the performers causing texts to interact and recombine with one another through their physical actions.

The elements in the system all effect how each adapts, from state to state, as the various elements of the work - people, machines, language, image, movement and sound - interact with one another. Crosstalk seeks to consider social relations, as articulated in language acts of various kinds in relation to the ontologies of self-hood and the generative capacity of technologically mediated social space in 'making people'.

Performance/presentation (work-in-progress) at Glitch'd workshop program - Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, 2013
Presented at TaPRA conference - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 2013
Presented at MOCO 14 - International Workshop on Movement and Computing, IRCAM, Paris, 2014
Premiere performance - ASU Art Museum, Tempe AZ, 2014.
Presented at Art.CHI 2015 Interactive Media Workshop - Seoul, Korea 2015
Presented at the Electronic Literature Organization Conference 2015 - Bergen, Norway 2015
Performance - Hartley Playhouse, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 2016


> performance at Hartley Playhouse, University of South Australia, 2016
> performance at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA, 2014


Biggs, S., S. Hawksley, G. Paine (2014) Crosstalk: making people in interactive spaces. MOCO 2014. Proceedings of the 2014 International Workshop on Movement and Computing. ACM, New York, NY, pp. 61-65. Available from:

Hawksley, S. (2016) - Coping with the (interactive) environment: the performative potential of interactivity. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices - Special issue, Embodiment, Interactivity and Digital Performance. Vol.8(1), pp.41-54.

Ravetto-Biagioli, K. (2019) Digital Uncanny. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.
- a book by Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli in which she discusses Crosstalk.