OpenLAB October 5th, Docklands Library

Your BODIES and minds will be BLOWN into the CYBERSPACE of INTERCONNECTIONS in this AMAZING OpenLAB talk.

SRSLY, don't miss this one. YOU WILL REGRET IT!!!

FREE OCTOBER 5th Sunday 2pm at the Docklands Library we have special guests Alison Bennett & John McCormick with Steph Hutchison.

ALISON BENNETT is an artist working in photography and digital media currently completing a ‘creative practice as research’ PhD project at Deakin University as a member of the Deakin Motion.Lab. Her PhD work is framed by a question about the reconstitution of photographic surface within digital media. The photographic image has principally shifted from a literal surface – a print – to an interconnected ephemeral surface, a skin-scape, reconstituted via screens and code. In late 2013 a body of work called ‘Shifting Skin’, featuring detailed prints of human skin marked by tattoos overlaid with 3D augmented reality, struck a chord with audiences and went viral internationally. The exhibition has since toured nationally and internationally.

She will also be showing off one of her 3D augmented tattoo photographs as well!!!

JOHN McCORMICK and STEPH HUTCHINSON will be talking about their work EMERGENCE

Emergence by John McCormick, Steph Hutchison and an emerging performing agent, is a duet performed between a human dancer and an artificially intelligent performing agent. The agent has learnt to dance through a rehearsal process with the dancer, sharing the dancer’s movement and style. Emergence sees the dancer and agent co-creating an interactive semi-improvised dance performance. Visualisations of their relationship are projected in glorious Stereoscopic 3D. The neural network based agent uses a motion capture system as its sensory input for understanding the dancer’s movement. In the second part of the performance, Steph uses the knowledge gained from performing with the digital performer to create an intriguingly new dance vocabulary through her process of ex-quiry. A fair trade for the movement she originally taught the agent.

Emergence is the result of John and Steph’s collaborations with Motion.lab and the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research at Deakin University. The artists dreamed of a performance environment that could learn to understand the dancer and collaborate in the creative process of performance making. Emergence is the result.

Open LABs is here to share and explore the wonderful world of creative makers. Each talk allows artists, musicians, engineers, performers, and designers to come together and share their work and creative passions with the public and other creatives.

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