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Open Mouths: The Last Organism

a 3D living gallery of movement and design

Open Mouths: The Last Organism was created as a collaboration between the Design Center and Movement Lab. Built during a workshop series in August 2020 and drawing from Emergent Strategy, participants explored the concepts of intuition, connection, and cross-pollination to create a virtual organism in the shape of an interactive website and 3D virtual gallery space. Submissions to the website are ongoing, so please explore and add your own work!

Allison worked as a co-producer of the project and was a contributing artist. The full team of collaborators can be found on the Last Organism website.

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Screenshots of Open Mouths: The Last Organism’s interactive website and 3D virtual gallery space, August 2020.

Moving Body-Moving Image 2020 Festival

Moving Body-Moving Image Festival website front page developed, designed, and maintained by Allison Costa, March 2020-present. Screenshot by Allison Costa, December 2020Moving Body-Moving Image 2020 Festival poster, created by Guy de Lancey. Image from "He Who Dances on Wood" directed by Jessica Beshir.
Moving Body-Moving Image 2020 Festival website front page & Festival poster. (Please double click on images for more information.)

The Moving Body–Moving Image Biennial Festival gives voice to social and social justice themes in the hybrid form of dance filmmaking, known as ScreenDance.  The Festival was founded in 2018 by Gabri Christa, who is also the curator. Each Festival includes film screenings, installations, and roundtable discussion with guest speakers.

The 2020 Moving Body–Moving Image Festival, while initially conceived as a live event, was moved to place completely online, taking advantage of widespread and freely accessible platforms to help ensure equitable access. The 2020 Festival focused on representations of Aging & Othering on screen and in society, and its astonishing reception proved how important showing curated films around a social theme can be (11,231 Festival Page visits and 5,265 views from a total of 61 different countries).

Allison worked as Assistant Producer and Website Designer & Developer for the Festival. As Assistant Producer, they pre-screened over 200 film submissions and corresponded with filmmakers, jury members, speakers, and festival participants in person, over email and over the phone.  The decision to move the Festival online in response to COVID-19 made it necessary for Allison to design and create the website in under two weeks. Since then, they have maintained the website, including adding periodic Special Offerings. The full Team can be found on the Moving Body - Moving Image Website.

Dancing with My Data: Dancing with My Self

uncovering my movement biases with motion capture

Dancing with My Data: Dancing with My Self, choreographed by Allison Costa and performed at Barnard College’s Senior Creative Thesis Dance Concert, March 2019. Photos by Jo Chiang.

Exploring cyclical feedback between creativity and computation, Allison used the Perception Neuron and Kinect motion capture devices to record themself improvising a total of 27 times. All projections are unanimated renderings of that motion capture data, which they analyzed until they were able to calculate 4 trends consistent throughout their improvisations. The graphs depicting these trends are also projected. Everything you see is Allison’s actual movement, with their live structured improvisation emphasizing the tension generated from a hyperawareness of their movement biases.

  • Choreographer: Allison Costa
  • Music/Musician: “Beasts of the Southern Wild Redux” original music by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin remixed by Allison Costa
  • Performed by: Allison Costa
  • Lighting Design by: Tricia Toliver
  • Projection Design by: Guy de Lancey and Allison Costa
  • Creative Advisors: Guy de Lancey, Gabri Christa and Caroline Fermin
  • With Appreciation for Technical Advice: LaJuné McMillian

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Allison (Allie) Costa is a transmedia artist, dancer, and computer scientist who enjoys working collaboratively and across forms to create unique pieces in the liminal space where creative conception, narrative heart, and multi-disciplinary art meet. They are very grateful to collaborate with their colleagues at the Barnard College Movement Lab and are always interested in exploring new pathways of play and experimentation. View Upcoming Events ︎︎︎