Telematic Performance @ Digitaltag

The short performance «Moving Screens, Sounds, and Bodies» is an excerpt from the research project «Telematic Performance Format». It is a prototype performance involving dance, music and state of the art technology.

Four dancers and two musicians, located in two geographically distributed locations and mediated by networked audiovisual technologies, meet and interact in real time. Through an interplay of movement, sound and various telematic elements, they explore their unity over distance and their quest for proximity. This is a work about rhythm, intimacy, the sense of presence and the impossibility of both touch and simultaneity.

«Telematic Performance Format» explores the artistic potential of videoconferencing systems and telematic performances. It activates both human and technological agents in complex, multi-layered interplays: performers tracked, spaces layered, projection screens are set in motion, these transmogrify into windows with views into distant room; all of which enables a presence of virtual bodies. The technical means here – high-quality, low latency, bidirectional video and audio streaming, movement tracking, video mapping – are not merely deficient transmission media, but active players that connect and coordinate systems within real and virtual spaces. Let’s play.

Benjamin Burger (scenography, video, choreography)
Sabine Aeschlimann, Felipe Fizkal, Clarisse Mialet, David Ramalho (Dance)
Matthias Ziegler, Jonas Labhart (Music)
Joel De Giovanni, Ernesto Coba, Bojan Milosevic, Martin Fröhlich (Videomapping und Streaming)
Patrick Müller (Dramaturgy)

Project type:
Research project at the «Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology», funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2016-18

Research team:
Matthias Ziegler (Project lead)
Benjamin Burger (Scenography, Video, Choreography)
Joel De Giovanni (Scenography, Video, Choreography)
Johannes Schütt (Software Engineer und Streaming)
Roman Haefeli (Software Engineer und Streaming)
Martin Fröhlich (Software Engineer und Streaming)
Patrick Müller (Media theory)

Cooperation Partners:
School of Creative Media
City University Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Baptist University
University of California San Diego
Stony Brook University
New York
Stanford University
University of Nebraska


October 26th, 2018
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Probebühne (Level 1)
Meeting Point: Main Entrance Hall Toni-Areal