Norah Zuniga Shaw’s creative and research interests center on choreographic knowledge as a locus for interdisciplinary and intercultural creativity. Her most recent project is a collaboration with Maria Palazzi and choreographers Bebe Miller (US) and Thomas Hauert (BE/CH) called Motion Bank: TWO (2013). Engaging dance and animation in pursuit of spontaneous motion, TWO follows on the success of Palazzi, Shaw, and William Forsythe’s previous collaboration Synchronous Objects and was created by commission from The Forsythe Company. Synchronous Objects is a screen-based interactive work exploring choreographic counterpoint in a single masterwork by William Forsythe. Launched online and at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2009, Synchronous Objects has received numerous honors including “Best of Show-Interactive” and the “Judge’s Choice Award” at the Columbus Society for Communicating Arts (CSCA), features in the New York Times and Communication Arts Interactive Annual 16, finalist in the 2009 Adobe MAX Awards, nomination for a Webby Award, and inclusion as a featured work in the SIGGRAPH Information Aesthetics Showcase. In 2010, Shaw was commissioned by Andreas Broeckmann/ISEA RHUR European Cultural Capital to create a large scale video installation based on Synchronous Objects which was selected by The Goethe Institute as an excellence project and toured internationally to sites in Europe and Asia including the Goethe galleries and festivals in NYC, Bangalore, Tokyo, Zagreb, and Ankara, and the Taipei Arts Festival.
Shaw presents frequently on her creative research as an invited lecturer and master class instructor at venues in the United States and Europe including Spring Dance Utrecht, Hebbel Theater Berlin, Sadler’s Wells London, Tanzkongress Kampnagel Hamburg, PACT-Zollverein Essen, Cyberarts Boston, Harvestworks NYC, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and many others.
She is a published author on numerous topics and was funded by the Battelle Endowment to complete a book/catalog about Synchronous Objects and the new methods in interdisciplinary practice-based research it required. Completed in 2014 and entitled Synchronous Objects: Degrees of Unison, the book was co-created with award winning designer Peter Kwok Chan. Other artistic commissions include an interactive sound installation for ICMC Copenhagen with legendary circus artist Jerome Thomas, three dances for television (WOSU-PBS), and performances for NANO at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Since 2004, Shaw has been Director for Dance and Technology at The Ohio State University Department of Dance and Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) where she is an Associate Professor and teaches courses in interdisciplinary research and composition, intermedia theater, critical theories of the body, embodied digital literacy, and dance improvisation.