Installation: May 5 and 6
Participatory Performances in Public Space
The projects of the group ZwischenWerk are particularly based on audience participation. This is exemplified by the following workshop at the #rp10, and the participatory art project “Die Ermittler” that is presented as a part of it. We are in a close collaboration with the internationally renowned pioneer of project art, Krzysztof Wodiczko. Method-wise we range somewhere between the documentary and spoken theatre of Peter Weiss and Wodiczko’s critical speech/dialogue, which seeks for the stage in public spaces. Digital input devices specifically designed for participatory projection theatre make it possible to bring the fronts of buildings or monuments to life with interactive projections in real time. A mobile studio in Weimar, Rostock and Berlin will invite the audience to ask questions and express their opinion, and take an active part in the performance. (www.uni-weimar.de/projekte/die-ermittler).
In our workshop at this year’s re:publica, people’s natural movements generate dialogues between them in medial real time, which are then visually converted into sounds through a Onlyglass Mediafacade panel. Using the music creation software developed by Nagual Sounds, data inputs are transformed live into musical structures. NAGUAL DANCE scans the movements of one or more bodies with a 3D camera (Kinect) and transforms these into a virtual orchestra, where different musical elements can be attributed to arms and legs respectively. This allows the development of a mutual dialogue through motion transmuted into sound. Dance does not follow the music here (or vice versa), but each simultaneously grows from the other. Here, Onlyglass’ Mediafacade panel shows the possibilities of display and interaction for both the inside and the city space. Our position is that through their media architecture, public spaces can become more accessible as a projection surface for the performing arts.
The Berlin-based curator and media artist Anke von der Heide is interested in combining urban spaces and social interaction with technology. Her work is conceptual and she gets involved in current affairs debates: social and political; local and international; environmentally and climate oriented. For a number of years, she has been using public spaces around the world to encourage critical debates with her work. She has been curator for the festival of façade projections Genius Loci in Weimar and among others took part in the Busan Biennale in South Korea. She has lived and worked in Tokyo and Shanghai and has been in Berlin since 2013. She was a research associate at the TU Berlin, focusing on smart cities and is a co-founder of the Urban HCI Lab at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Together with other actors from the arts, research and technology, she developed format of the Creative Coding School for socially disadvantaged people in Berlin.
Katrin Faensen is a facilitator and graphic recorder from Berlin. She has been working in socially challenging contexts, with long-term unemployed and mentally ill people since 2003. She is a trained social therapist and manager of various social institutions, and has been established in the design of participatory development and transformation processes and in visual facilitation since 2012. She supports a number of social entrepreneurship initiatives, such as “Mein Grundeinkommen”, “sanktionsfrei” and “kiron – higher education for refugees” in their development processes. As a graphic recorder, she has worked for the Salon “Migration. Chances. Challenges.” at TEDx Berlin as well as this year’s “Innovationskonferenz Integration” of Ashoka Germany. Her design of the process for the projection theatre “Die Ermittler” is the first time she has curated a participatory art project.
Matthias Strobel is a conceptioner and musician. He is one of the co-founders of Nagual Sounds, the start-up that developed the software for converting motion data into music. Using this technology, he conceived various performances together with international dancers. He not only works with professional and qualified dance performers, but also with children and socially disadvantaged people. In 2013, he conducted a children’s workshop on “Integration through Music” for the Liz Mohn Culture and Music Foundation, or worked with severely handicapped children in Potsdam. He is co-founder of the “Friedrichshain hilft” initiative and has been head of a shelter for refugees which he himself had started. He was involved in organising the Creative Coding School, runs a screen printing shop, assists artists newly arriving in Berlin to have their work exhibited and works for the Music Tech Fest.
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