A pair of pioneering apps originally developed for the iPad have been newly optimized for iOS 12 and released for the iPhone for the first time.
The DOT DOT DOT and Fifth Wall apps were conceived and designed by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and created in collaboration with Patsy Tarr and the performing arts publication 2wice. The digital screens of smart devices like the iPad offer a uniquely interactive performance space that presents new opportunities for dance and choreography. With the apps, 2wice wanted to explore the possibilities of the tablet for performance and invite viewers to interact with dances specifically designed, choreographed and scored for the iPad.
The apps were developed in collaboration with Eddie Opara and Hunter Cross.
“Fifth Wall” (2012) was created in collaboration with the choreographer Jonah Bokaer and places the performer in the box of the tablet screen. Bokaer engages with the edges of the screen, and the viewer can interact with the performance by moving the device. To create the performance, the designers built a box with the same proportions as the iPad. Bokaer was filmed performing within the box, jumping from the corners, and sliding down the sides. In the finished app, as users interact with the iPad, the performance responds to the movement of the user, flipping when the screen is turned, or changing when the surface is swiped. The performance was documented for the app by videographer Ben Louis Nicholas.
DOT DOT DOT (2013) was created in collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Tom Gold. In the app, a graphic interface of black and red dots establishes a diagrammatic space for a series of vignettes that users activate through the touchscreen. Seen from above, the dots on the stage trigger different actions when touched. Seen from the side, the dots become columns that define the dancer’s movements. Along the way, Gold bounces across dots, spills a bucket of paint and dances with his multiple selves. Music for DOT DOT DOT was composed by the acclaimed violinist Charles Yang. The performance was documented for the app by videographer Ben Louis Nicholas.