Jason Snell & Ty Wells
The Flesh of Machines, is an experimental dance piece that explores how technology has overtaken our humanity. The dancer, Ty Wells, will be using a motion sensor system developed by multimedia artist Jason Snell. The motion of the dance gets converted into musical data, empowering the dancer to also be the choreographer and musical composer. The Flesh of Machines will be performed at FUTRA presents KINETIC from 7:45 – 8:00 on Saturday, August 11th.
Jason Snell is a multidisciplinary artist who produces electronic music, interactive technology, and film. His focus is on creating projects that fuse these disciplines. Musically, he was one of the key artists in shaping the American breakcore scene in the late 90’s, and later moved into industrial, techno, and ambient, including film scores. He extends his music through inventing experimental technologies, including generative MIDI sequencers with AI and motion-sensor-driven music compositions. His film work explores using generative algorithms to dynamically sequence films and has premiered at Sundance and the Berlin Independent Film Festival. His time is spent between Los Angeles, Iowa, and Berlin.
Ty Wells was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. Upon moving to Los Angeles to further his dance career he has had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s top working choreographers such as Ryan Heffington, Nina McNeely, Nick & RJ, Kitty McNamee, and Denna Thomsen just to name a few. He has worked with recording artists like Katy Perry, P!NK, Lorde, Tove Lo, and many others in both music videos and live performances including The Grammy’s and The MTV VMA’s. Ty is trained in many improvisational movement techniques which show through in his unique approach to movement. His individuality, artistry, and emotionally driven performances make him highly sought after by many directors and choreographers in the industry.