Cosmos Within Us gets immersive in NYC
Monday, 2 December 2019
cosmos-21Cosmos Within Us offers a multisensory performance
USA - After three sold-out performances at Amsterdam's Eye Filmmuseum, which saw Cosmos Within Us win a VR Days Halo award, the Future of StoryTelling will present the theatrical preview of Tupac Martir’s mixed reality performance piece at New York Live Arts on 2 December (Monday).
A co-production between Satore Studio, a_BAHN, and Satore Tech, Cosmos Within Us ‘turns the solitary experience of virtual reality into a multisensory performance piece for an audience of 100-150 people, creating an entirely new artform’. It features 13 live performers, including five musicians, voiceover artists, live digital animations, two dancers, a conductor, and one ‘interactor’.
Director Tupac Martir comments: “Performing at the Eye was very special. Being able to take our piece outside of the film festival circuit and show it to over 100 people per screening meant that we have been able to create something communal.
“We had only performed it to a maximum of 10 people, so to grow the audience 10-fold meant that we were taking risks we didn’t know would pay off.”
The Venice and London performances earlier this year used small surround sound speaker systems, yet the Amsterdam shows saw the introduction of Sennheiser HP-02 headphones with wireless transmitters. These headphones were given to each audience member where they received a live feed, including that of the voice over artist.
Martir adds: “When we first started the show audio was primarily designed for the interactor as they would be inside the environmental layer, wearing the headset and using open headphones. The environmental layer is now able to surround the entire audience and the interactor, giving every person in the room the same intimate, live sound experience. Besides adding more musicians, we have also started experimenting with cameras, and large screens to show the video content.”
(Jim Evans)

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