Synchronous Objects

Project Website:

Produced by:
The Forsythe Company
The Advanced Computing Center
for the Arts and Design and

The Department of Dance at OSU

Creative Directors:
William Forsythe
Maria Palazzi
Norah Zuniga-Shaw

Generative Designer:
Matthew Lewis, ACCAD  
Forsythe Company Dance
Research Collaborators:

Jill Johnson, choreographer, teacher,
performer, Forsythe stager

Christopher Roman, dancer, choreographer,
ballet master

Elizabeth Waterhouse, dancer, researcher
International Collaborators:
Scott deLahunta, Research Fellow
at Amsterdam School of the Arts

Patrick Haggard, Institute of Cognitive
Neuroscience, University College London

Alva Noe, Department of Philosophy,
University of California Berkeley
Ohio State Graduate Research Associates:
Beth Albright, Department of Design
Michael Andereck, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Sucheta Bhatawadekar, Department of Design
Hyowon Ban, Department of Geography
Andrew Calhoun, Knowlton School of Architecture
Jane Drozd, Department of Design
Joshua Fry, Department of Design
Melissa Quintanhilla, Department of Design
Anna Reed, Department of Dance
Benjamin Schroeder, Computer Science and Engineering
Lily Skove, Department of Dance
Ashley Thorndike, Department of Dance
Mary Twohig, Department of Design

Ohio State Faculty Researchers:
Ola Ahlqvist, Department of Geography
Peter Chan, Department of Industrial, Interior
and Visual Communication Design

Noel Cressie, Department of Statistics
Stephen Turk, Austin E. Knowlton School
of Architecture

Funding Provided by:
The Forsythe Company
The Forsythe Foundation
The Ohio State University Office of Research
Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Codarts
Tanzplan Deutschland, an initiative of
the Federal Arts Council

In collaboration with world renowned choreographer William Forsythe, ACCAD and the Department of Dance developed an online interactive score project for the choreographic work of Forsythe's, One Flat Thing, reproduced. The team of Ohio State research faculty, graphics researchers, and graduate students constructed a new way of looking at dance, one that considers both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary ways of seeing. The final product, an interactive website was launched on April 1, 2009. The site illuminates underlying structure and mechanics of a complex choreography, exposes modes of perception and attention of both performers and audience, and enables new and multiple readings of this work and consequently the viewing of dance in general.