At the WEAR-ME!!! Wearable computing Network Exchange in Norwich,
Marie-Claude Poulin and Martin Kusch, along with collaborator Johan
Versteegh, otherwise known as Kondition Pluriel, gave a Process
demo, in which they lifted the lid on technology and techniques
which will feature in their Future Physical commission scheme II.
began with some background on where they came from as artists; both
Poulin and Kusch are currently based in Montreal; Poulin is Canadian,
whereas Kusch is German/Austrian. They have been working together
for three years, since meeting at a body-technology workshop in
Berlin in 1999.
described the group's origins: "We had the idea of developing
within a responsive setup a basic system using camera recognition,
with very simple video sequences." Poulin added: "I reduced
the choreographic system to really basic things like falling and
then said: "We developed a base of certain ideas over time,
and decided we needed specific tools, especially to analyse small
gestures." Poulin added: "We wanted to put forward the
idea of research and experimentation."
evolved into scheme and, during Future Physical, will become scheme
II. Kusch said, regarding scheme II; "We are showing three
points today. We wanted to work with live cameras; with pre-recorded
video material manipulated by movement; and with virtual environments."
They then played video excerpts to illustrate aspects of what we
can expect to see in scheme II. The first showed a live work in
which Poulin danced in the middle of a space: "In a constricted
part of the real space" with prostheses - essentially crutches
- on her arms. Her movements controlled a wireframe version of the
actual space, constructed by Kusch. Sound was recorded during the
performance, and played back in a later performance without the
crutches, thereby allowing Poulin to interact with her previous
also showed a sequence where dancers, via their movements, controlled
three cameras, switching between each: Poulin explained: "Every
space we go to, we get images and sound from outside the space itself,
which creates a flow in the piece." And the final demo showed
dancers controlling movements around a photo-textured rendition
of the space in which they danced.
Versteegh added some technical insight: "With scheme II, we
can finally do the things we've been talking about for the last
three years. Now we have sensors with processors attached. We have
all this data coming in, but we're looking for gestures, so we need
subtlety of movement. We use MAX as the main control, VNS will be
used in scheme II for triggering, and we will use SoftImage for
3D modelling. We want to constantly research while we are performing."
here for images from this Process Demo...
Left to Right: Martin Kusch,
& Johan Versteegh
& Johan Versteegh