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September 14, 2006



360 Degree Projection meets Motion-Tracking

ICH² - INTERMEDIA DANCE PERFORMANCE FOR PLANETARIUMS [Premiered on June 8, 2006 at the Mediadome in Kiel, Germany. The Programm will be resumed at the Mediadome in Kiel in February 2007.]

The performance ICH² combines dance and media art with complex content and attractive use of cross-media. Art and technology synergetically combine to a creative game on duplication and variation. ICH² is merging the components into a hybrid amalgamation, which creates a digital space of possibilities, which is not only reflecting the perspectives of genetechnology, but offers the visitor a new space for experience.

An intruiging atmosphere is created by the interaction between stage and the projection onto the dome. A unique installation for an extra-ordinary space: a planetarium including a 360 degrees moving image projection. State-of-the-art projection technology is merging with dance theatre and interactive media into a fascinating wholesome piece of art, is modifying it and allowing a completely new kind of production: dancer and media together create an artistic space that involves the audience in a new way. The impact of the imagery and the intensively short proximity of the performers, forms a high level of immersion.

Hardly has a visitor been closer to the dancers. This turns standard planetariums into experiental Digital Theatres, in which man and technology can be part of a unique symbiosys.

Tracking Bodies

The main area of research for project ReACT was the further development of the Tracking-technology in regard of the spacial and technical characteristics of planetariums. While usually only linear image sets were shown, the use of reactive software allowed interactivity and manipulation of the projected content.

Concept: With the help of installed cameras and sensors attached to the performer’s body, movements in the space can be tracked and transmitted to a computer system. A specially programmed software interprets the dancer’s movements in real-time, which in turn is then projected onto the dome as interactive projection and stage backdrop. This allows to create a digital double of the dancer: Motion Tracking as duplication process.

In this way a reactive visual and audio world is created, that synergetically re-interprets the image and audio composition.

Posted by jo at September 14, 2006 06:32 PM