Visualizing The Cypher: Networking Relationships of Temporal Dance Environments
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The Cypher is a spatial condition in hip-hop culture that is generatedfrom a series of relationships between body, space, and time. This conditionis inherently architectural as it utilizes bodies as a means of constructing atemporal environment. Breakdancing or b-boying/b-girling is a genre of dancethat stems from the four pillars of hip-hop. The other three include emceeing,deejaying, and graffiti. The fourth pillar, breakdancing, utilizes the Cypherto host performances in an adaptable field. As a means to understand thisconstruct, multimedia technology was used to document and capture datafrom performances at Verve Dance Studio. Through film and motion capture,performances in a time interval of minutes were processed into drawing setsto identify the unique relationships building up this threshold of architecturalbodies.The documentation of the Cypher serves to challenge architecturalrepresentation, in order to generate new methods of interrogation thatare capable of analyzing social, cultural, and political environments. Thedrawings produced are transcriptions, meant to be expressive, that allowthose perceiving the set to draw out their own interpretations. Gestures ofthe body are networked into a series of relationships with each other andthe ephemeral qualities of space. These relationships are superimposedand assessed throughout ranges of time to visualize the constantly shiftingspatial environment. The visuals will provide a correlation to understandingarchitecture through elements including ground, sequence, tension,boundaries, occupancy, and speed.