Through a dialogic process, Codelining (Coding + Redlining) builds bridges between communities which have often been set against one another in San Francisco’s affordability crisis by bringing together a group made of dancers and technologists.
Adorned with a sense of curiosity, the project studies the steady stream of out-migration facing San Francisco’s African Americans population. The work’s approach to melding dancer-friendly gadgets and motion sensors lends itself to capturing movement for the video projection.
From theme to artistic form, these new media tools assist the group to create a fabricated environment encompassing redlining, gentrification and the digital divide. Above all else, Codelining explores hope and access to technology while acknowledging the real or perceived barriers between artists, technologists, and communities of color.
Each iteration of the project results in the exploration of technology and dance. The project is ongoing but aspires towards the dismantling of gentrification. Codelining is made up of a multicultural group of dancers, artists and technologists with different perspectives on Race, yet a single commitment to producing strategies on empowerment and social change.
Over the course of developing this project, Raissa Simpson will facilitate a multimedia dance between her company and the technology collective, We Inventing the Real.
In sum, Codelining (Coding + Redlining) explores new media tools (motion capture, wireless sensory, projection mapping, etc.) to explore redlining, gentrification, the digital divide, and the real or perceived barriers between artists, technologists, and communities of color.