E/M/D/L – European Mobile Dome Lab for Artistic Research (2013-15)

E/M/D/L is a project to build an international exchange network specializing in the creation of new artistic languages and modes of expressions specific to fulldome environments. With four leading European and three Canadian institutions and cultural partners on board, the project aims to bring about the sharing and development of competencies and content within this emerging creative medium. E/M/D/L took place in five countries, from February 2014 to September 2015. It relied on the contribution of approximately twenty highly reputed artist-researchers who have considerable experience in virtual creation, four of which proposed by kondition pluriel: Martin Kusch, Armando Menicacci, Marie-Claude Poulin and Alexandre St-Onge.

The participants took part in eight residencies offered in Canada, Greece, United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. A mobile domic architectural structure equipped with cutting-edge technologies for immersive visualization and sonorization in real time was set up at each residency site. The project culminated with a series of ten evening presentations of three experimental artistic dome-works, showed in the Satosphere Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), in Montreal, Canada: Liminal Spaces explored the dome as a intermediary membrane between inside and outside, harbouring human performance and interactivity amid image, sound and text layers; Murmuration fostered public interaction with digital particle swarms and real-time manipulation of virtual/physical audiovisual objects; and Dream Collider highlighted the role of the user as a living actor in a multi-perspective narrative that unfolds between physical and virtual spaces.

At the conclusion of the project, a book on E/M/D/L will be published, comprising contributions by the participants and by eminent international researchers who specialize in the subject of immersion in the arts.

- ISEA2015 Panel Paper. EMDL European Mobile Dome Lab for Artistic Research, Dimitris Charitos, Martin Kusch, Mike Phillips, Marie-Claude Poulin and Ruth Schnell.


Liminal Spaces:
We are made up of layers: the physical ones of skin and tissues, but also the intangible ones of history, tradition, images, and words. In the strata of sensations and accumulations of meanings, what strategies can be used to subjectivate such heterogeneous materials and find coherence among them? Where should borders be porous and where should they be strengthened? How can we let them breathe and allow them to change their contours? How to inhabit the threshold between two states, conditions, or regions – the transitory, the indeterminate? Sheltering layers of performance, interactivity and image, sound and text, the dome becomes the intermediary membrane between inside and outside, as it is explored and pierced through at the limit of palpable space.


Creators of Liminal Spaces: Digital Art Department, Vienna, Austria / kondition pluriel, Montreal, Canada / Trans-Media Akademie, Dresden, Germany Participants/Collaborators: David Campbell, Carla Chan, Matthias Härtig, Johannes Hucek, Martin Kusch, Marilou Lépine, Armando Menicacci, Marie-Claude Poulin, Audrey Rochette, Ruth Schnell, Alexandre St-Onge, Nikola Tasic.


Co-organisers and partners:

Digital Art Department / University of Applied Arts Vienna [Austria]

i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art and Technology) / Plymouth University [UK]

Trans-Media-Academy Hellerau / CYNETART festival, Dresden [Germany]

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens [Greece]

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], Montréal [Canada]

kondition pluriel, Montréal [Canada]

LANTISS / Université Laval, Quebec City [Canada]

E/M/D/L benefited from the support of the European Commission / Culture Programme.