Six degrees of separation

Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.


We are investigating whether we can connect a friend from Poland…

… and Bradfordians who might have connections to the country.

Question 1

Do you know anyone living in Poland? More specifically in Warsaw or Gdansk? More specifically in the following streets:

Ul. Skrzetuskiego




Ul. Długi Targ



Question 2

Or if not, does she look familiar or remind you of someone you know?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions please do comment on this post with your reply!


As part of the Corners East Xpedition we were set a challenge by the Artistic Director Chris Torch: devise and perform an intervention for a ‘piazza’ session in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Rita and Ivana first set up a methodology for the devising process: a bus correspondence.

This resulted in a performed intervention…

Image: Phil Wood

The performance now has another life as an online work which you can view here.


Vehicles, transport and protocols of behaviour

In thinking about making a work ‘about’ transport vehicles, I was interested in the idea that protocols of behaviour around vehicles are simple and relatively culturally similar, therefore offering us as (artists and our audiences) a platform for shared understanding from within which to communicate.  However, the crossing of the border between Ukraine and Poland was to disprove this assumption.

Just after the border crossing I woke up only to find the bus has made a stop and everyone was outside. Well, everyone but the three locals frantically extracting cigarettes from the fabric of the bus. The cigarettes kept coming and coming, out of places such as:

the covers providing access to the machinery below the bus floor

the luggage rack above our heads

This did not belong to my ‘shared understanding’ prior to this trip, and proves how valuable these ‘in the field’ research Xpeditions are.

Experimenting with the Layar’s AR application

As Carma mentioned in her ‘Dance and Technology’ post

‘Layar can also augment images in magazines, books or in any printed format. And what is more interesting is that it can be done by anyone, even those with no programming skills. Layar’s website has a step by step tutorial for printed AR. You can start your own AR app today, with no programming needed.’

After a conversation on Skype with Carma and watching the tutorial I decided to start my own AR app and test out what could be achieved in relation to what I have been thinking about. I decided to test out the features and here is an example of what can be done.

Through the application I was able to apply a video from You Tube onto an already existing image, therefore if the image was placed within the city with a simple message on it such as ‘scan me’ the participants smart phone would then begin to scan the image and find the data which has been augmented onto that particular image through the Layar’s application.

You have to take into Consideration that they (the public) may not have the application software downloaded to there device so it may not be as quick and simple as desired but it will give them the option to do so. This could work very well within a controlled performance environment as you would be able to ensure that all participants have the software already installed in advance so there devices are ready to scan. If it was in a less controlled environment it may be hard to get people to follow on with the installation of the application as they may loose interest. This is something I think can be tested further by leaving images in the city and monitoring the interaction by the amount of views a You Tube clip may get from that point onwards.

These are the images of the poster I had on my wall with the You Tube video augmented onto them through my phone, so basically a screen shot. Once the scan has found the information you can then click and watch the video.

In this image I augmented a website link onto the image, once scanned you then can press on the Blue tab which then takes you to the choreographic perambulations around rough corners blog. So a quick way to be directed to a website.

I think although this is very basic there is a lot more that can be explored to make this a really interesting way of viewing and sharing information. Many more experiments to come. I think in time this application will be as popular as social networking sites and almost everybody will have it installed to there smart phone. The possibilities could be endless.