November 1st – November 3rd, Immersive Arts Space

Photo by Regula Bearth, ZHdK @2020

In the fog it began: Everything was already there – it just had to be untangled. The dream as a nebulous form of consciousness is fascinating. And it’s inspiring: In a transdisciplinary tour de force we created a dream machine whose taming has been robbing us of sleep for weeks. Our collective group dream can now be experienced as an installation.

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

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

Performances in the Immersive Arts Space

Sunday, November 1st: 18.00 | 19.30
Monday, November 2nd: 18.00 | 19.30
Tuesday, November 3rd : 18.00 | 19.30
Admission free of charge with mandatory online ticket (cf. below).
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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.
In a workshop prior to the conference REFRESH #3, a group of students will build their own helium drones and explore different aspects of the framework – from sculpting their own balloon shapes to choosing an appropriate propulsion technology to designing a scenography and light setting with the help of projection mapping. Curated by Martin Fröhlich and Denise Lampart, some of the results of the workshop will become part of the performance.

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

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.

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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; essentially, enabling an imaginary fantasy world 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 within and on umbrellas, as well as throughout the room itself).
The goal is to create 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. These environments are best experienced from directly underneath the umbrellas.

At the REFRESH conference, A Day at the Beach will demonstrate some early results of the ongoing research project The Umbrella Project.

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

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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.

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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

Art and Digital Change (2019)

Experimental staging concepts with virtual charactes. (Photo by Davide Arrizoli / ZHdK ©2019).

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 12:00 to 13:30
ZKB Freiraum, Bahnhofstr. 9, 8001 Zurich

At a lunchtime event, Christian Iseli, head of the ZHdK Immersive Arts Space, and Melody Chua, ZHdK student and co-founder of Null-state, Inc., talked about the significance of digital change for art and culture and provided insights into projects of the Immersive Arts Space.

A cooperation between the Zurich University of the Arts (Z-Cubator and Game Design) and the Zürcher Kantonalbank (Cantonal Bank of Zurich).

Hosted by Z-Kubator und Büro Züri

Phenomenology of the Third Body (2019)

Perfomance Lecture by Kamran Behrouz

‘Breathe’ is the name of my Motion Capture avatar —aesthetically related to the concept of “body without organs”—designed as part of my PhD research entitled ‘cosmopolitics of the body’. This research deals with the performativity of queer/trans/nonbinary bodies in exile, diaspora and refugee camps.

The performance lecture Phenomenology of the Third Body reflects on the creation of this avatar as part of this research. It poses several philosophical and psychoanalytical questions in relation to the performative role of VR and MoCap avatars in queer-feminist activism and art today.

The main part of this research deals with the notion of Untranslatability: for instance, the lack of sufficiently precise words to address transgender or queer people in Persian language. In this experiment the avatar realized as a new form of (alphabetic) coding language. It is considered as a third body for political intervention in order to distribute and perform the translation of those linguistic and cultural lacks which otherwise won’t get permission to be published and expressed in Iran. In fact, the avatar is an instrument to multiply, conceal and protect the identity of the performer.

The perfomance lecture took place on Thursday, October 17th 2019, at the Helmhaus in Zürich.

Website of Kamran Behrouz

Phenomenology of the Third Body is a cooperation between ZHdK PhD candidate Kamran Behrouz and the Immersive Arts Space.
IASpace support: Corinne Soland, Stella Speziali

REFRESH #2 (2019)

Experimental Futures and Immersive Experiences

REFRESH #2 took place from September 26th to 28th at the
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK, featuring keynotes, workshops,
performances and exhibitions.

Selected speakers:
Thomas Oberender, curator and artistic director @Berliner Festspiele
Sarah Ellis, director of Digital Development @Royal Shakespeare Company
Kevin Curran, vision director @Space10
Gayatri Parameswaran, immersive journalist @NowHere Media
Andreas Refsgaard, artist & creative coder
Galit Ariel, future tech expert @Wondarland
Yakeshi Yamada, recruiter @teamLab
Yasaman Sheri, creative director, designer and researcher
Tobias Gremmler, visual artist

Web site:

The event was hosted by the Department Design and the Immersive Arts Space.
Curators: Maike Thies, Christian Iseli
In close cooperation with Digital Festival and Hack Zurich at neighboring venues.

Dancing Digital performance on September 26th 2019. (Photo by Davide Arizzoli, ZHdK 2019).