Nic Sandliand

Crossing Borders 2013 | Talk Description | 5 November 2013

Artists Katja Nyqvist and Nic Sandiland discuss the role of audiences’ everyday movements and cinematic techniques in shaping interactive choreography.


Nic Sandiland is a UK based artist whose work focuses on choreography through the areas of installation, performance and film. He originally trained as an electronics engineer before studying dance and performance in the late 80s.

Over the past 20 years he has created movement-based works focusing on simple pedestrian choreography, as termed by artists such as Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown. He is particularly interested in engaging the everyday movements of the viewer in a choreographic context and since 2000 has increasingly employed interactive digital technology to do this. Recent work has drawn on cinematic techniques, such as slow motion and moving camera mechanisms, as ways to elevate the mundane and often overlooked choreography of everyday life.

Nic has taught workshops on digital technology and dance around the world including Bangalore, India, Seoul, and South Korea. He also taught video production on the MA in Dance Film programme at London Contemporary Dance School and is a lecturer in Fine Art at Middlesex University.