Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab _ APPARITION

concept, artistic direction, music and visuals: Klaus Obermaier
choreography, performance: Robert Tannion, Desirée Kongerød
interactive design and technical development: Ars Electronica Futurelab: Peter Brandl, Jing He, Christopher Lindinger,  Hirokazu Kato – Uniwersytet Osakijski
dramaturgical support: Scott deLahunta
commissioned by: Ars Electronica Festival, Linz/Austria, South Bank Centre London/Great Britain, Singapore Arts Festival,Supported by European Commission-culture 2000
body projection technology by: buero+staubach Berlin with André Bernhardtem
duration: 60 min

Sophisticated interactive technologies release the performer from the determination of set choreography and generate the visual content in real-time. The goal was to create an interactive system that is much more than simply an extension of the performer, but is a potential performing partner.

Computational processes that model and simulate real-world physics create a kinetic space where the beauty and dynamics of the human body and its movement quality are extended and transferred into the virtual world.

These two main areas of research, the interactive digital system as performance partner and the creation of an immersive kinetic space, form the artistic framework for APPARITION.

An interactive dance and media performance conceived and directed by Klaus Obermaier, in collaboration with the Ars Electronica Futurelab, featuring Desirée Kongerød and Rob Tannion.

What choreography emerges when software is your partner?
When virtual and actual image space share the same physics?
Where everything that moves on the stage is both interactive and independent?
And any form, dancing or still, can be transformed into a kinetic projection surface?

With these questions as the starting point APPARITION takes interactive performance to another level through the creation of a unique stage work integrating live performance, sound, projection and an interactive system comprising real-time image generation and computer vision.

Klaus Obermaier’s albums SKIN and HOME, both contain music of APPARITION, are available on iTunes, Amazon and others.