Metakimospheres // Constructing Realities
Lecture Metakimospheres // Masterclass Constructing Realities
Please join us for two special events on the 8th and 9th June at CNDB, Stere Popescu Hall - Bld. Mărășești 80 – 82.
The lecture and masterclass are open to dancers/ choreographers, performers, designers, musicians, architects, game designers, to people that work with mapping, augmented realities and are interested in experimental projects.
The entrance is free (within available seating).
For the masterclass, participants are welcomed to bring their laptops.
Please send an email for the masterclass enrollments at firstname.lastname@example.org until 8th June, 14h00.
The discussions will be held in English.
Our thanks go to our partners Cinetic for the support provided for this event.
*Lecture Metakimospheres > 8th June > 19h30 - 21h30
Johannes Birringer // DAP - Lab/London
Lector / Director Aristița Albăcan
After brief look back at historical precedents, Johannes Birringer introduces concepts of the material affects of choreosonic wearables, discussing the design of wearables used in immersive performative environments – here called “kinetic atmospheres” (kimospheres) – which are conceived as formative, not built or constructed in a stable form but responsive to movers, wearables or, even, are wearable themselves. Basing its investigation of such interactive environments for wearable performance in recent installations of the DAP-Lab, the presentation explores the impact of audiophonic wearables on movement choreography and role-play within such kimospheres, also delving into more speculative developments of how bodies and wearables come to affect, and be affected by, kinetic, sonic and VR interfaces – in the sense in which the composer Xenakis had envisioned reverberant multimedia architectures and spatial intensities to be live instruments, not static objects or envelopes.
*Masterclass Constructing Realities > 9th June > 12h00 – 17h00
Johannes Birringer // DAP - Lab/London
“This masterclass explores performance and media generation through designing and orchestrating a kinetic atmosphere or augmented environment (with media output -video, sound, light, text). The kinetic atmospheres are physically and sensorially immersive installations in which performers and audiences are protagonized to move around and interact. Immersive, sonic choreographies imply a participatory aural architecture, in the theatrical sense of a scenography that invites, and included. If VR headsets or game-like virtual landscapes are added – in what is now referred to as “augmented virtuality” – new, challenging questions arise about the material affect of moving between real + virtual spaces. The masterclass also addresses the design of wearables that can be used in such kinetic atmospheres. Participants will be introduced to various aspects of such hybrid design, programming and building processes, and can gain initial hands-on experience in such constructions”
After the masterclass, lector and director Aristița Albăcan invites you to a conversation about media in performances, augmented realities and kinetic atmospheres.
➢ Bio Johannes Birringer
Johannes Birringer is a choreographer and media artist, and artistic director of AlienNation Co., a Houston-based multimedia ensemble that has collaborated on numerous site-specific and cross-cultural performance and installation projects since 1993. After directing international workshops on dance and technology in England, Germany, and the U.S., he was appointed head of the new dance and technology program at The Ohio State University (1999-2003) where he developed the new MFA curriculum in dance technologies and conducted research programs in his "Environments Lab." In 2003 he was appointed Principal Research Fellow in Live Art and Performance at Nottingham Trent University. In late 2005 he convened the Digital Cultures Lab, a cross-cultural dance and technology workshop-festival, and in 2003 he founded the Interaktionslabor Goettelborn in a former Coal Mine in the Saarland, Germany. The Interaktionslabor is an annual international workshop dedicated to research, performance and software application development in interactive and networked media technologies. A "Manifesto of Interactional Art" was published by Birringer in 2014 to reflect on ten years of laboratory experiments.
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➢ Bio Aristița Albăcan
Aristița I. Albăcan is an independent theatre scholar/practitioner. She specialized in Letters and Theatre Directing at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and holds a PhD in Theatre and Media studies awarded by Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. She worked as an associate lecturer for the Johannes Guttenberg University in Mainz, Germany (2003 – 2005), and then as lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Hull, UK (2006 – 2016). During her affiliation with the University of Hull, she hold the position of Director of Studies for Theatre and Performance (2008-2014). She also initiated and co-coordinated the Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Practices Research Cluster (2010-2013). Her research interests are connected to intermediality, spectatorship, contemporary performance making processes with a special focus on the avant-garde(s), experimental and participatory practices, and applied theatre, on which she has published several studies in the past 15 years. She also specializes in Robert Lepage’s theatre and is the author of the monograph Intermediality and Spectatorship in the Theatre Work of Robert Lepage: the Solo Works (2016). As a theatre practitioner, she has developed contemporary performances in various settings in Romania,Germany, United States and the UK in the past 25 years.
Photo - Helenna Ren as GraveDigger in "for the time being", design by Michèle Danjoux/scenography by Johannes Birringer 2014. Photo © DAP-Lab