black box fading

Copyright Meldoy Chua

Diploma performance MA Transdisciplinarity

17.05.2021 / 18:00-18:30, 19:30-20:00, link to registration will follow

black box fading, a performance for human, sensor-augmented flute (chaosflöte), and improvisation machine (AIYA), is an immersive experience that draws upon the performance interplay between human and machine to craft a narrative that manipulates perceptions of human-machine agency and human-machine interactions in a neosurrealist environment. The work is a hybrid setting between performance and installation, and between virtual reality and live events, where live reactive sounds and visual projections, shifting perceptions of space and scale, and unconventional 360° editing techniques contribute to the sensation of continuously negotiable dynamics between human and machine as well as the disruption of traditional performance hierarchies.

Crew

Melody Chua – concept, instrument, performance
Valentin Huber: cinematographer 360° camera
Eric Larrieux: sound engineer
Sébastien Schiesser: technical manager, IAS


Chimaera

Diploma Master Transdisciplinarity

The performance took place on March 20th, at 8pm in the Immersive Arts Space and was streamed live.

The use of human data in combination with computer algorithms creates a kind of post-human entity. In form of an improvisational dance performance, Chimaera explores the interaction between a performer and his avatar – a human-machine hybrid.

Crew

Bojan Milosevic (project leader, audio and video coding)
Petra Rotar (dance, choreography)
Carmen Stüssi (dramaturgy)
Patrick Müller (mentoring)
Tobias Baumann (support motion capture)
Eric Larrieux (support 3D sound)
Schiesser Sébastien (IAS technician)
Martin Fröhlich (support projection mapping)


state:lucid

Photo by Urs Beglinger, ZHdK @2020

Dance, motion-tracking, live projections, sounds and a lot of heavy fog: by means of advanced technology, “state: lucid” combines installational and performative elements with a holistic, immersive experience.

The premiere of Robi Voigt’s diploma project state: lucid took place on November 1st, 2020, with further performances on the following two days, in cooperation with the Swiss Digital Days.

Crew

Robi Voigt – concept, installation, staging, video
Mira Studer – dance, choreography
Stella Speziali – interaction design
Friederike Helmes – costumes, lighting, collaboration installation
David Eliah Bangerter – composition, sound
Stefanie Olbort – dance, choreography
Line Eberhard – the eye from outside

Technical support: Martin Fröhlich, Tobias Baumann, Eric Larrieux, Viktoras Zemeckas, Hans-Jürg Hofman, Matthias Röhm, Lukas Keller, Thomas Utzinger, Michel Weber, Lucien Sadkowski, Dominik Fedier.
 


Floating in Dancing Lights

Photo by Regula Bearth © ZHdK 2020

REFRESH#3, Sept 17, 2020, 19:00, Immersive Arts Space

Floating in Dancing Lights is a mesmerizing dance performance featuring a dancer and a flying swarm of objects, illuminated by means of Spatial Augmented Reality. The performance represents the tentative culmination of an internal project of the Immersive Arts Space which offers a do-it-yourself framework for designing and building remotely controllable helium drones.

Crew:
Martin Fröhlich (project lead), Max Kriegleder (robotics, motion control), Roman Jurt (rapid prototyping, construction), Serena Cangiano (ideation).

Performance:
Denise Lampart, (choreography), Naomi Khamihigashi (dancer), David Peña (assistant to choreographer), Ben Vorhar (costume design), Luca Magni, Eric Larrieux (sound).

Floating in Dancing Lights is part of the artistic research project Helium Drones. – Watch the teaser video.


A Day at the Beach

Photo by Regula Bearth, ZHdK ©2020

REFRESH #3 Sept 18, 2020, 19:30, Immersive Arts Space

The performance A Day at the Beach explores the use of 3D audio and projection mapping to achieve a sense of immersion without isolating the participants from the real world and thus enabling an imaginary fantasy world to come to life. In in order to transport the participants into this virtual world, multiple levels of 3D audio and projection mapping are employed, both directly onto umbrellas, as well as throughout the room itself.
The goal is to create exploratory, interactive sonic worlds, where the participants’ behaviour (relative to each other and the environment) shape the sonic and visual experience. These environments are best experienced from directly underneath the umbrellas.

At the REFRESH conference, A Day at the Beach demonstrated some early results of the ongoing research project The Umbrella Project. – Watch the teaser video.

Crew: Eric Larrieux (project lead), Stella Speziali, Martin Fröhlich, Corinne Soland, Mariana Vieira Grünig


REFRESH #3

REFESH #3 Exhibition. Photo by Regula Bearth, ZHdK ©2020

The international conference REFRESH #3 took place from September 17th to 20th, 2020) at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK, featuring keynotes, workshops,
performances and an exhibition. Due to the Covid19 pandemic it was designed as a hybrid event with online presentations of many speakers. The third edition was devoted to the topics «Digital Evidence», «Digital Humans», «Immersive Worlds», «Extended Realities» and «Imagine New Tomorrows».

Selected speakers:
Eyal Weizman (Forensic Architecture)
Kiira Benzing
Derek Bradely (Disney Research)
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Hsin-Chien Huang
Francesca Panetta & Halsey Burgund (MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality)
Thomas Oberender (Berliner Festspiele)
Susanne Kennedy
Tabita Rezaire

The event was organized and hosted by the Department Design and the Immersive Arts Space. Curators: Maike Thies, Christian Iseli

REFRESH #3 Conference. Photo by Regula Bearth, ZHdK © 2020

ZFICTION.20 – Virtual Production

Theater der Künste, Zurich (postponed due to corona crisis)

With real-time simulations, Virtual Production enables playful access to fictional narrative forms, can make new worlds visible and promotes creative collaboration. The increasingly cost-effective tools lead to a democratization of previously exclusive work processes and are now also coming within the reach of European and Swiss productions.

The first edition of the feature film conference ZFICTION presents the versatile promises of the new tools for discussion. Filmmakers and researchers* will explore the question of how virtual production will change the near future of fictional storytelling in film and what new challenges this will bring.

More info: www.zfiction.ch
Contact: zfiction.info@zhdk.ch


ZHdK Research Day (2019)

Discussing previsualization in film production with Christian Iseli (Photo by Betty Fleck, ©ZHdK 2019)

The Research Day of the Zurich University of the Arts in 2019 was dedicated to the Research Cycle. Two workshops took place in the Immersive Arts Space:

WORKSHOP 1, November 28th, 13:15-14:30
Actors, Avatars and the Countenance: About the many faces of the SNF research project Actor and Avatar. Prof. Dr. Dieter Mersch, Prof. Anton Rey

WORKSHOP 3, November 28th, 14:45-16:00
Knowledge Transfer into Education and Public, based on the projects Expedition 2 Degrees, Virtual Production und Virtually Real. Jonas Christen, Prof. Niklaus Heeb, Prof. Christian Iseli