Masterclass no. 2

Tuesday, 20 February  2018
17.00 – 21.00
Artaud Theatre, Brunel University, London UK

Constructing Realities: Kinetic Atmospheres – Johannes Birringer

Summary / /

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.

Workshop director Johannes Birringer will be accompanied by DAP-lab 
co-director/designer Michèle Danjoux, sonic artist Sara S. Belle, 
dancer/researcher (Zhi Xu), and sound technician Graeme Shaw; and VR VIVE 
technical team.

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