Performance and Immersion

Date / Location

October 25, 2009
1:30pm – 3:30pm

CPR–Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1
Brooklyn, New York 11211

More than any other concept, “immersion” has become one of the most taken-for-granted expressions in writings on technology, and increasingly used to describe a vast array of different media, creative processes, and ways of audience engagement. From video games and 3D cinema, to new counterinsurgency strategies for simulating theaters of war; from realistic touch feedback medical training systems, to the aesthetics of site specific performance and installation. They all share the same desired effect: collapsing the gap between viewer and work, image and reality, inside and outside. Five distinguished panelists will show and discuss their work in relationship to these and others issues.

Participants include: Kevin Cunningham (Director, 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group), Kurt Hentschläger (Artist, Austria/US), Kora Van den Bulcke and Thomas Soetens (Workspace Unlimited, Artist Collective Belgium/Canada), Allen Feldman (Associate Professor, Anthropology, NYU).

Presented in conjunction with the opening of Kurt Hentschläger’s ZEE.