Hybrid JAM: Senses Places @ CILXJAM


Senses Places @ Contact Improvisation Lisbon Jam

.5.30-6.30 Facilitated Warm-up (Isabel Valverde)
6.30-7.30 Jam with Life Music (Eduardo Cunha)
7.30-8.30 Hybdrid Jam (Second Life®) Life Music (Eduardo Cunha)
AT Fábrica do Braço de Prata
AND Second Life SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Koru/233/233/3005
(you need to have or download the SL application and create an avatar)

This hybrid jam will include Contact Movement/Dance and Sound/Music Improvisation, amongst physical bodies, avatars (Second Life remote participants), and physical bodies and avatars. The keyboard-free mediated interactions will be enabled by real-time video webcast in SL of the physical participants in Lisbon, and Webcam and Wiimote interfacing (software objects to be shared) for physical and remote participants.

This initiative continues the ongoing experimental dance-technology collaborative research work from Real Virtual Games through Senses Places/Lugares Sentidos at the CILxJam, towards expanding the physical and physical-virtual interactive engagement by developing Contact and Somatic Movement, Sound, and body-environment climate based interactions via desktop-free alternative modes of embodied interfacing between physical and virtual bodies/avatars and environments (Second Life®). We focus on challenging choreographic/designed relationships amongst participants, with/through their mediated doubles (video image and/or avatar), and with aspects of the converged responsive environments, which would benefit, enrich, bringing agency to embodied subjects within a post-human corporeal condition.

We are interested in:
- How are we differently affected by interacting with our avatars while seated at the desktop, and/or by actually moving (with) them? Program them to respond according to our wishes?
- How can avatar embodied experiences allow a challenge to subjective and inter-subjective/social physical-virtual presence and mobility, other than substituting the physical by the virtual embodiment?
- How can the new technological potential also mean a change of mentality?

To the participants:
Please arrive to the Sense Places SL environment at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Koru/233/233/3005, 5-10 mn earlier in order to acquire the shared animations, and objects for webcam and Wiimote interaction. These are free-software that you can additionally program, changing the animations to include your own. The jam is quite informal and each participant/avatar is invited to interact with each other and the environment in different modes, moving/playing with the shared interfaces and movements. All other modes of interaction/interfacing are welcome, either in alternating, accumulating, integrating, including physical and avatar spatial navigation, gestures, chat and voice, as well as other innovative modes of keyboard-free interaction. Please feel free to experiment with accumulation of moves, the shared and your own. They are of different sorts, from floating in the air, moving body parts in various possible and impossible ways, turning in the air.

Be welcome to enjoy other amplified ways of moving and interacting with others and environments.
Please share with anyone you think would be interested.

Senses Places :
Isabel Valverde/Butler2 Evelyn, Institute of Human Studies and Intelligent Technologies, Lisbon, Portugal
Todd Cochrane/Toddles Lightworker, Wellington Institute of Technology, Wellington, New Zealand

Thanks to CILxJam members:
Inês D'Almeida, André Mourão, Neylan Aular, Fahri Ozdemir, and others.

Fábrica do Braço de Prata, PT
Wellington Institute of Technology, NZ

For a short video excerpt of the last performance: Real Virtual Games @ CILxJam, during Odyssey's Zeitgeist event go to: http://www.odysseysimulator.blogspot.com/search?q=zeitgeist

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