Longtime Cunningham collaborators Marc Downie, Paul Kaiser, and Shelley Eshkar, who together form the OpenEnded Group, are releasing an open source recording of [Merce] Cunningham performing a new version of his renowned piece, Loops. Loops was originally performed in 1971 as a solo dance. In this special re-configuration, Cunningham focuses only on his sensor-laden hands and the resulting work is a graceful visualization of his fingers moving through space. The transition into this form indeed visualizes how the artist has evolved over the years. Cunningham is also releasing the score under a Creative Commons (non-commercial/attribution/share-alike) license, so that it can be more closely studied and remixed in the future. For an artist with such a long-standing interest in chance operations, it's a bold and exciting move to see his work opened up to others in this way — Marisa Olson, Rhizome.org
The OpenEnded Group also released a digital portrait of Cunningham, also entitled "Loops", as open source software. This artwork derives from a high-resolution 3D recording of Cunningham performing the solo with his hands and promises to provide ample substance for derivative works.
Choreographing of Merce Cunningham's dance "Loops" is released under a CC BY-NC-SA license so others can freely remix and re-score the dance.
CC licenses "provided the legal and ingenious “copyleft” license that Cunningham has used to share his choreography."
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