Moving With Screens and Machines: Imagining the Future of Embodied Technologies through Dance

May 10, 2024 Noon Eastern/9:00am Pacific

Moving With Screens and Machines is a new symposium exploring the intersection of art and embodied technology. The 3 day event at the University of Maryland featured workshops, talks, and performances delving into markerless motion capture, choreographing movement with robots, human-centered computer interaction, and more.

Join the producers of Moving With Screens and Machines as they share the unique research and leading practitioners that the symposium brought together and the importance of embodied disciplines–like dance and theater–in the fields of robotics, AI, and spatial technologies.  They will also discuss the takeaways and impact of the symposium on the university and the attendees.


Registration is free for a2ru individual members and those affiliated with a2ru institutional and departmental members.

Member Registration

Registration for non-members is $20 and registration for non-member students is $10.

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Kate Ladenheim

Kate Ladenheim is a choreographer, educator, and creative technologist, with work that spans interactive installations, media design, performance, and robotics. She researches bodies in motion, and how they impact and are impacted by systems of social and technological pressure.

Ladenheim is an Assistant Artist in Residence in creative practice at the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance, a faculty role at the University of Maryland. She holds an M.F.A. in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design. They conducted research in motion interfaces for robotics design at U.C.L.A., and was the 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at the Robotics, Automation, & Dance Lab at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Ladenheim’s artistic projects have been presented internationally, including at The Invisible Dog, National Sawdust, Media Art Xploration, GrizzlyGrizzly, Brown University, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Performance Arcade (New Zealand). Her work has been celebrated in Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch” and “Best of 2018.”

Jonathan David Martin

Jonathan David Martin is a researcher, creative director, and performer working at the intersection of immersive technology and live performance.  His work explores the development of new narrative and production approaches to content creation across a range of mediums.

At UMD he has been part of the Immersive Media Design faculty since 2021. He is the founding Program Manager of the New Works Incubator, a summer program that supports a range of student immersive media projects from across the UMD community.

His research at UMD includes the interactive dance and robotics project, “DANCExDANCE (Dance Squared),” for which he co-received an Arts AMP grant.

As an XR creator his work has won grants and competitions from Meta (Oculus Launch Pad grantee) and Niantic (Best Shared AR experience).

As the Co-Artistic Director of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative, he has produced a number of works of live performance, documentary, film, and installation that have been presented at arts festivals and institutions across the US, South Africa, Germany, and the UK.

He is a pioneer in VR performance technique and was a puppeteer in the original Broadway casts of “War Horse” and “Life of Pi.”