März 21 @ 17:15 - 18:30
Animate is an Extended Reality-based theater work (XR) at the crossroads of performance, radio play and installation focused on a near-future Canada radically transformed by climate change. Developed by a team of Canadian and German artists and researchers, the work premiered in Summer 2022 in large theater festivals in Germany and is preparing for a 2023 international tour in Europe, Canada and Asia. The story “Animate” focuses on two characters, Daniel and Laurie, who are fleeing a near future of climate disasters. As part of its dramaturgical strategy, Animate harnesses a recent XR technology to explore this potential mixing of real and the simulated in worn AR: live video “passthrough” which takes a real time video feed from the tiny cameras attached to a head mounted display (HMD) and which allows the embedding of computer-generated 3D objects into the video feed of the real environment. Animate aims to use emerging XR technologies to explore the thematic of climate change through the sensorial-aesthetic possibilities of “spatial computing” in which “human interaction with a machine in which the machine retains and manipulates referents to real objects and spaces” shifts older understandings of the virtual as abstracted from the lived, moving body.
Speaker: Christopher Salter (Immersive Arts Space, ZHdK)