Diego Maranan’s work combines technology, social and environmental activism, performance and dance. “Flow was an improvised dance performance at the User in Flux workshop at the 2011 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Movement qualities are extracted in real time from the performer’s body using EffortDetect. EffortDetect is a real-time machine-learning system that applies Laban Movement Analysis, a rigorous framework for analyzing the human movement, to extract movement qualities from a moving body in the form of Laban Basic Efforts. It produces a dynamic stream of Laban Basic Effort qualities in real time” (image and text source http://www.diegomaranan.com/?portfolio=flow-2011
BioModd LBA2 (source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf01YJKYWBg)
In 2009 Maranan worked together with Angelo Vermeulen to create BioModd LBA2, and environment in which computer systems and biological systems co-exist on a symbiotic basis. Created in the Philippines, BioModd LBA2 features a multi user game station and traditional wood sculptural elements. A collaborative effort which involved over 100 people, BioModd LBA2 also led to other versions being produced throughoutt the Philippines. Maranan was also involved in a later version of Biomodd that was created in Maribor, Slovenia.
I’m Sorry Because It’s Useful, 2011 is a multimedia performance which “links the theme of remorse with themes of environmental justice, including climate change and the actions of mining companies in the developing world.” (image and text source: http://www.diegomaranan.com/?portfolio=im-sorry-because-its-useful-2011 ). The piece was developed out of a web based project Apology Grove, 2009 - ongoing, which links remorse, environmental justice and online interaction.
Diego Maranan often works collaboratively on projects that touch on human rights, environmental issues and the effects of new technologies in vusiual arts, performance and dance. More information at http://www.diegomaranan.com/