American dancer and choreographer Richard Siegal created an artistic network called THE BAKERY in 2005 devoted to interdisciplinary research and production. Along with performing artists, Siegal works with architects, composers, new media experts, designers, curators, and theoreticians. Together they explore new directions in performance related to technology and the other arts. The exploration of these relationships has resulted in interactive installations, such as IF / THEN INSTALLED or LOGIC GATE, which have been shown in various museums and exhibition halls, as well as dance performances and site-specific projects, as the most recent works ©OPIRATES and CIVIC MIMIC exemplify.
THE BAKERY also promotes the If / Then Methodology, Siegal’s choreographic framework, a game-based, syntactical and notational system, as described in the dvd publication IF / THEN DIALOGUES. Since its founding, THE BAKERY has continued to widen its network on an international scale. A cross-disciplinary initiative, it invites others to partake in an ongoing discourse. This book presents contributions by internationally acknowledged artists, writers, and curators who look at performance-making from the points of view of their specific fields.