Interanational Interaktionslabor Göttelborn
communications technologies, interactive media & virtual environments
Göttelborn Coal Mine - Saarland, Germany
Juli 1- Juli 14, 2003
5 - 18 July, 2004
A laboratory for new media arts and technologies is created within the changing landscape of industrial culture. The former coal mine becomes an emergent space for integrative projects in artistic and scientific research and cultural production.
This laboratory for communications technologies, interactive media, performance and virtual environments was initiated in the summer of 2003, creating attention for the work of transformation and infrastructural transition. The second lab will convene in July 2004.
The lab examines the links between reality and virtuality, body and environment, movement, sound, visual space, and postindustrial nature and architecture.The workshop participants, artists, choreographers, composers, programmers, and scientists, explore computer-generated audio-visual architectures, which are transformed by the bodily movements of visitors or performers into singular audio-visual processes and kinesthetic experiences.
The results of the workshop will be presented during a final weekend event, which also draws attention to the transformation or future uses of the industrial facilities.
experimental laboratory for interactive media - the Göttelborn stage
The interactive lab connects the old with the new , rehearses the transformation of traditional artistic forms into creative programming with contemporary information and communications technologies, and generates dialogues between our visual, aural and kinetic perceptions in composite media architectures, accessed from anywhere in the world. As a prototype for integrative cultural research, the lab is intended as a pilot project that seeks interfaces with educators and students in the schools of the region and the neighboring countries (France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Holland) in order to provide fieldwork experiences for the young (cf. Kunst macht Schule).
The public performance - "Fliegender Vogelmensch" - is an interactive installation linking several locations in the "city" of the Göttelborn coal mine; it is also intended to show the public how innovative media practices and interactive design applications can stimulate dynamic development in high tech industry sectors as well as the sectors of cultural production and education.
environment of science, industry and new media offers a rich potential
for innovation in a wide spectrum of applications ranging from communications
technology (for example, the i-mode/UMTS technology and the "Do
It" Project of Telekom/DFKI-German Research Center for Artifical
Intelligence), design, architecture, urban studies, socio-cultural projects,
integration-research, new music, internet-art, landscape art, environmental
studies, distance-learning, software development, medical and biotechnologies,
transportation technology, etc.
Workshop-Leiter: Johannes Birringer
Projektkoordinator: Uschi Schmidt-Lenhard
(c) Johannes Birringer 09/01.02 & 03/17/04
Short bio (project director)
Independent media choreographer Johannes Birringer is artistic director of AlienNation Co., an international multimedia ensemble based in Houston. He has created numerous dance-theatre works, video installations and site-specific performances in collaboration with artists in Europe, North America, and Latin America. In 1999 he directed the dance-opera MIRAK and the "Vespucci" film installation which has toured internationally. In collaboration with Sher Doruff and Orm Finnendahl he created the interactive telepresence installation "East by West" at the Festspielhaus Hellerau, during a project organized by Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau. The installation was also exhibited at the DEAF/V2 media arts festival "Data Knitting" in Rotterdam, February-March 2003. Last November he directed the polysite telepresence dance "Flying Birdman" in collaboration with seven remote sites in the US and Brazil. Over the last six years he has taught several international workshops on performance technologies in Europe and the U.S. He is the author of several books, including Theatre, Theory, Postmodernism (1991), Media and Performance: along the border (1998), and Performance on the Edge: transformations of culture (2000). He headed the Dance & Technology Program at Ohio State University and is now a Senior Research Fellow in Live Art/Digital Research at Nottingham Trent University.