Wednesday, December 02, 2009

[HvEXAS] EMPAC Tonight! Frieder Weiss "From technological research to sensual engineering" talk at 7 PM

(Tickets are still available for GLOW - head on over to the EMPAC
website - - for more information!)

Frieder Weiss: From technological research to sensual engineering
Wednesday December 2, 7 PM
Free + Open to the Public

From technological research to sensual engineering: A review on the
use of interactive media in performance

Frieder Weiss, creator of the interactive media environment in Chunky
Move's GLOW, will talk about his participation in and observations of
the 'dance tech' genre over the last 15 years.

Weiss calls himself an 'engineer in the arts'. In an entertaining yet
critical review, he will describe developments and achievements in the
genre of interactive performance, illustrated with numerous videos of
works from the recent years. As he will show, not only has the
technology changed in this time period, but also the very paradigms of
using interactivity have shifted tremendously. Weiss will describe a
recipe for successful interactive experiences, including brief
overviews and demonstrations of software and hardware systems.
Artistic implications will be addressed.

Weiss will also be giving an introductory workshop exploring artistic
uses of video motion sensing technologies on Saturday December 5th
from 9:30 AM to 1 PM. The workshop is FREE but limited to 15
participants and requires a reservation, so contact the EMPAC box
office soon to reserve your spot.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking for this event is
available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.

Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website,

Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.

Frieder Weiss bio:

Frieder Weiss is an engineer in the arts and an expert for realtime
computing and interactive computer systems in performance art. He is
the author of EyeCon and Kalypso, video motion sensing programs
especially designed for use with dance, music and computer art.

Weiss developed the video technologies and interactive stage
projections for Chunky Move's recent intermedia works Glow and Mortal
Engine. For his contribution on Glow he was rewarded with a Green Room
Award for Design in Dance.

Weiss teaches mediatechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in
Nürnberg, Germany, and the University Centre in Doncaster, UK. In
recent years he has collaborated in installation and performance
projects with Phase-7 in Berlin, Leine und Roebana in Amsterdam, Helga
Pogatschar, Cesc Gelabert in Munich, Chunky Move in Melbourne, Danish
Dance Theatre in Copenhagen. He maintains an ongoing collaboration
with Australian dancer Emily Fernandez, with whom he has created a
number of interactive performances and installations.

For Mortal Engine, the interactive floor projections were scaled up
for a larger stage and numerous dancers. The key principle remains a
tight, low latency interconnection with dancers' movements. The
graphical representations developed further into generative, particle
swarm-based visual worlds. Graphics are based on a video tracking of
performers' body outlines in realtime, finally culminating in a laser
projection of those outlines integrated into Robin Fox's laser


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