Joana Chicau: Edit the Distances

  • ©2018, Joana Chicau

  • ©2018, Joana Chicau

  • ©2018, Joana Chicau



    Edit the Distances


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Artist Statement:

    In the Theatre of Re_Sources you are welcome to enter and explore the main stage and the backstage.

    A landscape of scores or a “scorescape” for the performance piece Edit Distances, written in web programming languages, such as JavaScript, inter-weaved with choreographic thought and imagination.

    #Main Stage
    Where you will find a recording of“Edit the distances” a live coding piece enacted in a special webstage: @maps/space/ moon/.. The web browser serves as MainStage for a series of a actions written in Javascript and triggered by the performer and coder Joana Chicau.

    In computation linguistics “Edit distance” is a string metric operation, the edit distance between two words is “the minimum number of single-character edits (insertions, deletions or substitutions) required to change one word into the other.” [more information at:]. This piece explores the distance between words and its meaning, the space and the text, objects and functions, language, technique and imagination … [see full score: on the backstage].

    This piece is part of an on going research project which investigates notations systems from various somatic practices, and explores the different {performative} outcomes cross media and how conditions change through affective interfac(ing) of bodies and technologies. Read more:



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