The Umbrella Project

Photo by Regula Bearth © ZHdK 2020

Installation/performance, October 8th and 9th 2021, in the context of Swiss Digital Days

The Umbrella Project is an ongoing research project that explores the use of 3D audio and projection mapping to achieve a sense of immersion without isolating participants from the real world, essentially, enabling an imaginary fantasy world to come to life in our own. We employ multiple levels of 3D audio and projection mapping (both directly within and on the umbrella, as well as throughout the room itself) in order to transport the participant into this virtual world. The end goal of the project is to create a series of navigable compositions in the form of exploratory sonic worlds, as well as interactive experiences where the participants’ behaviours (relative to each other and the world) shape the sonic and visual environment. Furthermore, we are investigating sonic and visual paradigms where the umbrellas can function both as objects existing in and can interact with the virtual world, as well as being windows onto these other worlds. Naturally, these environments are best experienced from directly underneath the umbrella, where one can best appreciate the various levels of MR.

Shows:
08/10/2021, 18:30 – 19:15
09/10/2021, 14:00 – 14:45
09/10/2021, 16:00 – 16:45
09/10/2021, 18:00 – 18:45
Immersive Arts Space, Pfingsweidstr. 95, 8005 Zurich

Team:
Eric Larrieux
Stella Speziali
Mariana Vieira Grünig


Emerging Talents: Chris Elvis Leisi

ZHdK Talent Talk, November 4th 2021, in the context of Swiss Digital Days

Chris Elvis Leisi, research associate in the Immersive Arts Space and a graduate of the ZHdK Game Design program, talks about his graduation project Virtual Real World.

In today’s VR games, the body often serves as the controller. However, when the player enters the virtual world, the connection to the physical environment is often lost. This master’s thesis deals with immersion mechanics in Virtual Reality and reveals the potentials that arise when one’s own home can be integrated into the virtual world as a play area.

17:15-18:15h, Kino Toni, ZHdK, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zurich
Speaker: Chris Elvis Leisi
Host: Christian Iseli


Educational Projects

The Immersive Arts Space hosts classes and diploma projects from all departments of the ZHdK and conducts its own educational courses. The launch of the transversal minor program Immersive Arts is planned for autumn 2023.


Immersive Arts Lecture Series

To attend the lectures on site, just follow the links for each lecture underneath and reserve your ticket via Xing. In addition, you will need a Covid-19 certificate to enter the facilities of Zurich University of the Arts. More information on the current regulations >  here.

October 12th | 17:15- 18:30h
Christian Iseli, professor for Immersive Arts, head of the Immersive Arts Space.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: DIGITAL AVATARS ON STAGE
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October 19th | 17:15- 18:30h
Anna Lisa Martin-Niedecken, head of the Institute for Design Research
EXPLORING BODY-CENTERED DESIGN APPROACHES IN MIXED REALITY SPORTS
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October 26th | 17:15- 18:30h
Olav Lervik, research associate at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology
GAMES IN CONCERT: LESSONS FROM MUSIC IN VIRTUAL REALITY
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November 23rd | 17:15-18:30h
Marie-France Rafael, professor tenure track at the Institute for Contemporary Art Research
POST-DIGITAL RELATIONALITY – EMBODIED EXPERIENCES
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December 7th | 17:15-18:30h
Melody Chua, interdisciplinary artist working with interactive technologies in improvisational settings, Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Studies
BLACK BOX FADING: (DIS)EMBODIMENT WITH AN IMMERSIVE IMPROVISATION MACHINE
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> Previous lecture series (Spring 21)