(St)Age of Participation w/ Klaus Obermaier (2011 – 2014)
credit: Claudia Schnugg, Ars Electronica
(St)Age of Participation was a four-year art-based research endeavor, funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (PEEK programme), with the purpose of spotting and pushing frontiers of stage-based performances in an age of participation and content co-creation, driven by easily accessible and omnipresent computing and communication devices. The Data media art enterprise was a close concert between the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Vienna-based media art avant-gardist and composer Klaus Obermaier, with the objective to investigate means of inviting and animating audience members to become part of the act.
The project was split into three iterations for recurring exploration and refinement, each of which ending in a semi-public stage-based “micro-performance”. Not only borders between stage and auditorium were deliberately blurred, but also the traditional timeline between showtime and curtain call.
Context: 4-year FWF funded art-based research project challenging frontiers of stage-based performance
Contribution: programming of OSC-controlled high-performance glyph render engine, including kinematic simulation engine in CUDA, visual effects and Max/MSP link for audio-reactive content control, programming of multi-Kinect tracker, including calibration and recorder, geometric processing and triangulation, computational treatment and editing for immediate display and playback of recorded geometry snippets, programming of realtime performer skeletal tracking software, including networking, realtime tracking data streaming, technical planning of stagecraft, network, and components, on-site setup and operation during all live performances
Credits: Klaus Obermaier, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Barbara Vuzem, Michael Gross, Katharina Pfiel, Olga Swietlicka, Malwina Stepien, sound:frame, Jakob Illera