The Roll Your Own Zone

The Dance-Technology Zone is currently in an archived state. There are plans to create a new site that will be located at to combine material from the DTZ with the archives of the dance-tech list as well as new material. For more information, or to offer suggestions, contact me at

- Scott Sutherland

Many of the artists who are bringing new technology to their work use commercially available software and hardware devices, albeit in ways sometimes not originally intended. Others choose (bravely) to fashion the tools that they need ­ either by themselves or together with technically minded comrades. This area is designed as a resource for both groups, to help them locate, create or learn more about the tools that are available for interactive artistic expression.


Creating an interactive live performance requires three basic activities: 1) Find out what is happening in the real world, 2) determine how to interpret those events, and then 3) respond by generating sonic, aural, tactile or olfactory events that can be perceived by the audience.

The Roll Your Own Zone is organized to reflect these three core needs of the interactive artist. The sections are as follows:

Upcoming Events | Artist Links | Critical Theory | Bibliography | Roll Your Own | DT&Z

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