Emergent Media Research Group

Courses & Resources

The research and creative work of the Emergent Media Research Group at UC Irvine informs a series of courses taught by Professor John Crawford and associated faculty at UC Irvine. We engage, nuture and challenge the next generation of technology-savvy art makers, storytellers and designers, enhancing awareness and developing new skills in socially engaged artmaking, emergent media and connected design.

Dance & Video

An introduction to video and computer technologies for dance, with a particular focus on performance representation. This is an experiential course including hands-on training in video production and editing. It surveys methods for integrating dance performance with the film medium, discusses related aesthetic and conceptual issues, and introduces current techniques and technologies for video and audio recording of dance performance.

Live Streaming Performance

An introduction to live video and audio streaming for online performance. With recent advances in online technologies, anyone with a smartphone and a social media account can stream live events at low or no cost. This course goes beyond the basics to introduce a range of different live streaming platforms and explore their potential for supporting live performance. It’s suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in any performing arts discipline.

Motion Tracking for Performance

An introduction to motion tracking for intermedia performance, intended for dancers and other performing artists. Demonstrations, discussion and experiential exercises provide practical experience with motion tracking concepts and techniques. Students work on experimental projects that intersect arts, design and technology through collaborative multimodal creation, with a showcase at the end of the quarter.


An introduction to screendance for choreographers. Also known as dance film, cinedance, videodance and/or dance for the camera, screendance connects film (and filmmaking) with dance (and dancemaking) in an evolving hybrid performative practice. More than simply the recorded representation of a performance, screendance combines choreography and cinematography to create a new artifact that is a work of art in and of itself.