Swarming Lounge, Gallery, Tunnel... (2018)

Swarming Lounge, Gallery, Tunnel... is a site specific, 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.


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

Commission and co-production:
Niet Normaal Foundation, The Netherlands

With the support of:
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts



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