Seminar: Site-specific and Participatory Augmented Reality
October 28, 17-23 at Køge Harbour and KØS and through online screening. Click here to attend live from 19.00.
Join us for the rehearsal of the poetic performance Unknown Cloud Forming by Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden and the following seminar featuring Lundahl & Seitl, Untold Garden, Tanya Ravn Ag, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas and Gibson & Martelli.
What does it mean for public art that we can see, hear and connect with places we were previously completely cut off from? That we in immersive experiences can disappear into parallel or virtual realities or be transported to other locations, bodies or times? Or that we with greater ease can distort and manipulate our experience and understanding of real sites and situations in media such as AR or VR?
The research based exhibition project Sites, sounds and screens will examine how new technologies have changed the ways we experience and engage in sites. This project extends over three years and includes an open call, seminars and conversations, public art projects and ends in a final exhibition, symposium and publication in 2024. The aim is to facilitate conversations between artists, curators and researchers and share the interesting thoughts and problems that arise during this project.
Sites, Sounds and Screens is curated by curator and director of Inter Arts Center (IAC) Christian Skovbjerg Jensen in collaboration with KØS director Ulrikke Neergaard.
The seminar Site-Specific and Participatory Augmented Reality is the first event in this series and it revolves around the theme site-specific and participatory augmented reality. This seminar also shows Sites, Sounds and Screen’s first commission, which is a continuation of the performance Unknown Cloud by Lundahl & Seitl.
The event is free, but require that you register via Billetto
17.00 Participatory AR test-performance by Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden, Unknown Cloud Forming (2021) at Køge Harbour. Premiere in Denmark.
18.15 Standing vegan food from Plant Power Food and mingling at KØS.
19.00 Welcome by Ulrikke Neergaard, director at KØS.
19.05 Introduction by Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, director at IAC and curator for Sites, sounds and screens (moderator).
19.20 Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden: Work in Process – Art that Lives and Mutates within the Public.
20.00 Tanya Ravn Ag: Intratemporal Sites of Art.
20.40 Short break
20.50 Gibson / Martelli: On performance technologies, bodies and sites. (digital lecture).
21.30 Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (MIT) – Swamp Observatory: AR as playful learning and research instrument for engagement with future climate commons (digital lecture).
22.10 Closing remarks by Christian Skovbjerg Jensen.
22.15 Drinks and mingle
Short descriptions and biographies:
Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden: Work in Process – Art that Lives and Mutates within the Public
Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden discuss their collaboration: a world building practice that combines layers of time, change and ambiguity between objects and the sentient beings entering immersive states together, to explore where the balance tips between the connection to and influence over that which is not me. The focus of the presentation is their recent adaption and renewal of the AR performance Unknown Cloud, which has become Unknown Cloud Forming, a work they believe will continue all the way to 2057.
Stockholm and London-based duo Lundahl & Seitl formed in 2003. They perform, teach, and play with choreography, VR and architecture, and create anti-disciplinary artwork as experiences. With a background in visual arts and choreography the practice discovers immersive states as philosophical tools to observe the boundaries and connections between the living, objects and technologies, places and environments. Their work is shown internationally at museums, biennales, and in site-specific public spaces.
Untold Garden is an experiential art and design studio directed by Max Čelar and Jakob Skote. They explore and build tools for participatory design and art, as well as create captivating experiences using cutting-edge immersive technologies.
Tanya Ravn Ag: Intratemporal Sites of Art
What is happening to art when technologically augmented experiences become a part of it, and what is happening to us when art explores and expands on these experiences? The talk examines how, with technological augmentation, the site of art forms in intratemporal situations of experiencing. Taking cues from Unknown Cloud Forming and centered around the experiential condition of intratemporality, we can relocate an idea of time – as neither bound to the duration of the artwork nor to the physical site of its experience – to a deep-temporal and intersubjective interweaving of human cognitive experience with complex temporalities of technics. The intratemporal perspective considers the art as a part of a larger
narrative in which human experience is changing with technology and opens for considering how art has always participated in human technogenesis.
Tanya Ravn Ag (Ph.D.) is a Danish curator and scholar focused on perceptual experience and technogenesis in relation to media art and urban media aesthetic phenomena. Her curatorial engagements with urban, media-based art include the Screen City Biennial 2017 in Stavanger, the SP Urban Digital Festival in São Paulo (2013 and 2014), and the traveling, urban moving image exhibition Nordic
Outbreak with the Streaming Museum in 2013-2014. Following a research
fellowship (2018-2020) at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, she is currently a postdoc researcher at the Center for Art as Forum, Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. She chairs the IIAC (ISEA International Advisory Committee) and has edited Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (Intellect, 2019) and co-edited What Urban Media Art Can
Do – Why, When, Where, and How? (av edition, 2016).
Gibson / Martelli: On performance technologies, bodies and sites. (digital lecture)
Gibson / Martelli playfully work with live simulation, performance capture,
installation and video creating playful and engaging immersive virtual realities. Their presentation draws both on their vast artistic practice and research addressing the position and notion of the self, immersivity and somatic sensing.
They are graduates of RMIT with a joint PhD in immersivity and somatic sensing. Worldwide commissions include residencies in North America, China, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and exhibitions at the Barbican, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Venice Biennale. The artists currently work on an AI and machine learning project with collaborators at
Goldsmiths University of London and Creative Computing Institute UAL.
Gibson is Associate Professor at Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University. The artists live and work in London.
Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (MIT) – Swamp Observatory:
AR as playful learning and research instrument for engagement with future climate commons (digital lecture)
This presentation will discuss Swamp Observatory project that probes immersive technologies to unveil invisible and imaginative ecosystems of the planned
stormwater ponds of the future city district Visborg in Visby, Gotland. The
stormwater ponds land in the middle of the debate on environmental sustainability and constitute a model for how to reintroduce wetlands on Gotland where water shortage is already part of daily life. Aided by the Swamp Observatory the hybrid habitats of the Visborg wetland will arrive well before it is landscaped. In doing so it will render forms of environmental citizenship of Visborg with a new climate commons in the center of planning created and maintained by local stakeholders and users. The Swamp Observatory is commissioned by Art In Urban Development Project Visborg, organized in collaboration between Region Gotland and BAC – Baltic Art Center, and supported by Public Art Agency
Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas are artists, educators, and co-founders of the Urbonas Studio, a transdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. Urbonas have exhibited internationally at the São Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, Gwangju, Busan, Taipei Biennales, Folkestone Triennial, Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions, including a solo show at the Venice Biennale and MACBA in Barcelona. Urbonas 5 year-long research project on Zooetics exploring the potential to connect with the noetics and poetics of non-human life in the context of the planetary ecological imbalance, concluded in 2018 with the symposium at MIT and opened Climate Visions a new research lab. Their book Swamps and the New Imagination: On the Future of Cohabitation in Art, Architecture and Philosophy is forthcoming in 2022 (Sternberg, MIT Press). Urbonas taught and lectured extensively internationally.
The seminar will also be accessible through online streaming. Click here to attend from 19.00.