Swarming Lounge - mixed-reality installation-performance

Swarming Lounge is a participative, body-based, mixed-reality installation-performance grounded on an intelligent virtual environment: an interactive composition system in which visitors and dancer/performers interact with virtual characters displayed on the audience’s smart-phones. In an intertwining of real and virtual situations, as well as in an inter-mixing of the two, visitors experience multiple shifting degrees of presences and micro-narratives. Combining traces of daily gestures and fragments of intimacy, a parallel world of humanoid algorithmic entities merges with the actual reality of the observing public, altering their perception. What fashions the presence of these characters? What makes them endearing to us? What becomes of our own presence, constantly extended by the surveillance devices we are using? What is the community that we, and they become together? In a playful but slightly melancholic way, Swarming Lounge deals with the multi-layered affective and autopoïetic links engendered by the stratification of the states of presence of mixed realities and questions our addictive relationship with the miniaturized worlds of screens. In this journey, the persistence of virtual presences haunts us, like an unsolvable enigma.

Installation: September 15 - December 2, 2018
Durational performances with live dancers: 14, 15, 16 Sept. and 15, 16, 17 Nov. 2018 (14h00 - 18h00)
Campina Milk Factory, Eindhoven, NL / ROBOT LOVE exhibition

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Concept and artistic direction: Martin Kusch and Marie-Claude Poulin
Choreography: Marie-Claude Poulin, assistance Audrey Rochette
Media environment: Martin Kusch, Johannes Hucek
Sound environment: Alexandre St-Onge 
Installation : Martin Kusch
Installation design: Institute for cultural policy
Programming and stage management: Johannes Hucek
3D modeling animation: Georg Schmidhuber
Dancer/performers: Audrey Rochette and David Campbell

Commissioned by the Niet Normaal Foundation