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Performance in Artificial Space

There is a big deal class coming up this weekend.  It is called Performance in Artificial Space.  It is the first time it is being offered and is focusing on the use of computer vision and green screen methods to create an interactive/new media performance environment for several students.  At this point it’s anyone’s guess as to what kind of work this class will produce.  No doubt there will be some very interesting things and maybe 1 or 2 stand out performances.  Overall it will be a very intense class.  There is a lot of tech in the first weekend and non-stop work shopping/ rehearsal another weekend.

So as I said, there really hasn’t been a lot of conversation about what people have in mind…but I know what I’d like to do, at least the direction this should go.  If you remember a while back I posted a little blurb about “phase performance”.  Essentially it was the form of a longer production, most likely a video project or live cinema-type theatrical performance.  Since our end product of this course is a 5-10 minute performance (which is REALLY short), I have to amend that original idea.  To do this I’d like to use a single prop: a silver case.  The contents of this case?  A phase correlative induction device.  “What is that?” you ask.  It’s a device from the future.  Something went wrong in the future where it was being developed and it ended up in our time frame, in our dimension.  There are tricks to activating it…but no one is entirely sure what will happen once it’s fully active.

As far as effects, I think I’d like to use some of that painters plastic and project different camera angles through each.  If there is a way to get the Frame Grabber machine to use EACH camera and then re-output them through Isadora (the main program we’ll be using) AND have the case be the activator/ interface device, I’ll be set.

Here is nice little showcase video of the silver case I’d like to use.  Yeah, I know it’s not really a “futuristic” case…but we don’t how far in the future it’s from.  It could have been invented tomorrow or in a year.  It’s obviously built with modern components.  (But it can still serve as a really good interactive prop, no?)

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