Senses Places mixed reality environment and performance @ INVITRO Lab / UAberta & Odyssey

March 11

Posthuman Corporealities’ Program Somatic and Technological Dances #2

Recording of UAb live stream @ INVITRO now at Posthuman Corporealities YouTube

video live recording at Odyssey @ INVITRO, Posthuman Corporealities YouTube

Senses Places @ Metatopia 1.0 / International Metabody Forum Madrid 2015

INTRA-ACTION – XXI Century Quixotes: politics of the multisensorial body in the era of expressive homogenisation.
1-25 July
METATOPIA 1.0 – Performances, concerts, installations
July 22-25
Physical location: Medialab-Prado, Plaza de las Letras. C/ Alameda, 15, Madrid, Spain
Virtual location/SLURL:
Livestream channel:

Senses Places is an ongoing collaborative project creating mixed reality participatory performance environments that engage participants in a physical and mediat(iz)ed kinesthetic/somatic movement relational experience.  We foster possibilities for multiple embodied and environmental interactive amplifications and permeations by designing/choreographing physical-virtual interfaces with/through avatars, video images, bio-signals and aspects of environments, based on live videostreams, webcam, and biometric devices, towards new inclusive modes of embodied sharing, exchanging and creative community.
Taking place in a shared virtual place* at Second Life’s MUVE, and at remote physical places, private or public, depending on the international collaborators in Japan, Newfound Land, Portugal, The Netherlands, Brazil, and New Zealand, the project builds site specific hybrids, evolving through each mixed reality instantiation, in a collaborative process of physicalizing the virtual and virtualizing the physical, where participants generate unknown posthuman corporealities.
Senses Places was an invited project at Metatopia 1.0 exhibition, integrating the ensemble of in progress Metabody projects at MediaLab Prado. In this site specific environment, Senses Places was installed inside a deformed tent constituting its smallest and most intimate physical instantiation.

Artistic direction: Isabel Valverde, GAIPS/INESC-ID, Intelligent Agents and Synthetic Characters Group, and UAb/CIAC (PT)
Technical direction: Todd Cochrane NMIT, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NZ)
Collaborators involved: Ana Moura (PT), Liz Solo (NFL), Bárbara Teixeira (PT), Joana Barreto (PT), Paulo Fernandes (PT), Artica (PT)
Support: *Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator, Metabody


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Photos: icv

Senses Places @ Casa de las Artes, Alanís (Spain) & Odyssey Simulator (SL)

In Collaboration with Premiere of Parad is0, no hay billetes (LaboratorioSLD)
JUNE 7 > 4PM (SLT/GMT-8) / JUNE 8 > 1AM (Spain/GMT+1)

Virtual world location: Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator (Second Life)
Physical public location: Casa de las Artes de Alanís de la Sierra, Paseo de la Alameda del Parral, 41380 Alanís, Sevilla, Spain!espacios/cwzt

© Kikas Babenko / Senses Places @ Bang Festival 2014

© Kikas Babenko / Senses Places @ Bang Festival 2014

Artists/Avatars collaborators for this performance
Isabel Valverde aka Butler2 Evelyn (Artistic direction, choreographer, performer)
Todd Cochrane aka Toddles Aeon (Technical direction, developer, performer)
Liz Solo aka Lizsolo Mathilde (SL artist, curator of Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator)
Barbara Teixeira aka Kikas Babenko (SL artist, animator, performer)
Joana Martins aka fonteyn (software designer, performer)
Kae Ishimoto aka Kaejun (choreographer, performer, JP)
Ana Moura aka Anisabel (choreographer, performer, PT)
aka Saveme Oh (SL visual theater artist, vr animator, performer, NL)
Isa Seppi aka Janjii Rugani (choreographer, performer, BR)
Paulo Fernandes aka Genious Bickin (SL designer, performer, PT)
Clara Gomes aka Lux Nix (video artist, performer, PT)
Nick Rothwell (sound interface system, composer, UK)

Senses Places is a mixed reality collective performance and participatory environment that follows an ongoing process towards a kinesthetic/somatics embodied mediat(iz)ed communication. We engage in converging our physical, avatar and video embodiments through live videostreams, webcam, and biometric interfaces at the Second Life’s MUVE. This performance will integrate one of 15 episodes of a larger 3 day performance premiere, Parad is0, no hay billetes, from Salud Lopéz (LaboratoriosSLD), in residency at Casa de las Artes de Alanís de la Sierra, Spain.
For this performance we will engage with the excretory body system (lungs and skin), on a somatic mediated experience and extrapolating meaning, such as embodied multiplications, continuing to mingle our different hybrid embodiments towards an emerging integrated reality.

– What subjective and shared inter-subjective kinesthetic/somatic embodiments can we generate towards an integrated reality through an intertwining of physical, avatar, and image, and environment interfacing?
– How is this state of expanded awareness in action a form of meditative mediation, opening and noticing multiple communicative channels?

Let’s allow our bodies to interact intuitively, attaining for close/intimate/inner/somatic/energetic/kinesthetic connections, bringing into play our senses and subjective trans-cultural backgrounds. Our common concept is the experimentation and reflection upon the very shared interfacing experience and what kind of dance we develop through this mixed reality approach. The experiment is anchored in the sense of embodying and how we adapt to different mediations of self, others and environments.

This score proposes performative situations based on improvisational and integrative Eastern-Western dance approaches. During the performance the participants/performers choose at least 2 situations to engage with and relate with others, change them at will, and are invited to play their own animations or HUDs towards emerging connections from the eclectic/hybrid embodiments.
Although there is no fixed sequence, we propose to start in a circle, getting further closer to each other, including touch or a senses of one body, and explode in all directions. Moves and auras related to the energy/excretion.

Once we are working with the excretory system, we would like to propose that we try this time to start working with
Breathing – specially breathing out/exhaling and add sounds coming out of the movement related to the somatic sensing of release . what about initiating with AOM?
Skin – between inner body and external environment. such as sweat, energy/aura, touch self-others
Kidneys – relation with fluids system.

Score Situations / HUDs associated
A. Rooting / Grounding – floor poses & moves connecting bodies-environments
B. Standing Poses / Empowering – in between earth-sky – Buddha, Yoga & Power poses
C. Flying /Orbiting – levitate, like birds flocking and micro-macro quantum-astral elements
D. In Between/transitioning- mixing floor, standing, and flying animations.

Technical requirement before starting:
Each or all of the interfaces needs to be activated:
1. Webcam interface: Get the HUD(s) and instructions to activate in Giver at Senses Places @ Odyssey
2. VideoStream interface: 3/4 live performers with LiveStream Procaster
2.1. Isabel/Butler2, Mixed reality Casa de las Artes and SL:
2.2. Isa/Janjii, Brazil:
2.3. Liz Solo, NewFoundLand:
2.4. SL live recording:
3. Biometric interface: Isabel/Butler2 with Processing and PD (heart rate-sound) streaming at

A. Rooting / Grounding
Avatars: wear HUD Floor and Aura attachments: Phantom, generator k1 or other.
Action: engage in seating, lying and moving on the floor relating to webcam-avatar and videostream-images interfaces. Staying and changing poses and movement on the floor, connecting to our inner bodies and the ground, and in relation to others and environment, taking into account occasional touch or intertwining amongst performers and/or avatars.

B. Standing Poses / Empowering
Avatars: wear HUD Poses + Gestures or choose pose to play and wear HUD Gestures. Aura attachments: cheery coke, L + R soft particles or other.
Action: embodiment of standing poses, choosing the place in space and in spatial relationship with others, changing location/pose at least once. Changing physical pose/movement within pose affects/changes avatar poses and vices versa.

C. Flying / Orbiting
Avatars: wear HUD Flying. Aura attachments: DanceSphere, Raibow Trails or other.
Action: floating and moving in aerial space and in closer group connection, including the aerial poses, flocking trajectories, and jumps.

D. In Between / Transitioning
Avatars: wear HUD In Between. Aura attachments: blue shine hands, dovefloat or other.
Action: moving between the floor, standing, and flying. animation. Yielding to and opposing gravity expanding through space. Experimenting to follow someone. Changing energy flow connecting to all body parts, others, and environment. Trying to witness/encompass all. Including Tai Chi, Contact Improvisation, and flying moves and poses.


Odyssey at Hi-Dance Festival with Senses Places

Fabulous post from Odyssey’s Blog from Senses Places @ Hi-Dance Festival 1.0 showing convergence of different embodiments from Liz Solo’s hybrid perspective with music by Mike Kean

Odyssey Simulators

sensesplacespicOdyssey had the pleasure of hosting another event with Senses Places – Isabel Valverde and Senses Places at Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology, Rome, Italy. Isabel performed live on stage with Odyssey artists/avatars. Avatars performed via large scale projections. Others, including Liz Solo and Mike Kean of The Black Bag Media Collective also participated via live web stream.

Here is some documentation of the event from the BBMC Studio perspective with live streamed footage of the performance by Francesca Fini.

Isabel Valverde and Senses Places – Mixed Reality Performance and Participatory Environment
Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology – Rome, Italy, February 17, 2015
also at The Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St John’s Newfoundland
and The Odyssey Simulator
with Isabel Valverde, SaveMe Oh, Liz Solo,  Francesca Fini,
Rita Paz/Zapa7ir, Isa Seppi/Janjii Rugani, Kikas Babenco, Todd Cochrane and others


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Senses Places in the Studio

About one year ago at lizsolo’s blog.
Soon updated documentation of this performance @ Metsverse Cultural Series / Avacon Feb 4, 2014, and other Senses Places instantiations pursuing the convergence of embodiment’s senses and places. We embarqued in more challenging interfacings at pertaining physical sites, including the Torres Vedras’ Castle at BANG AWARDS Festival (June 2014), and a Dome at Monte das Uvas, Loulé, for Danças Híbridas Festival (July 2014), towards richer mixed-reality intertwining😀

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a set of images from the most recent presentation of Senses Places – live at the Metaverse Cultural Series, the Odyssey Simulator and at remote locations participating via live web stream.

These pictures were taken from my studio perspective as me and partner Mike Kean participated by streaming the studio into Odyssey in Second Life and by projecting Odyssey into my studio (see This Post by the Odyssey Simulator  for a better explanation of the technology).

The space was small so rather than interact in the usual way (with movement) we played with music, shadows, mirrors, and interacting with the live projected space in small ways. I am looking forward to seeing more documentation from the other locations including the Physical site at ARTCASA in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Senses Places moves in

From Liz Solo at Odyssey Simulator sharing photos from Mixed Reality Contact Improvisation JAM @ Hybrid Dances #2, November 26, with the collaboration/support of Fábrica do Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal and Odyssey Simulator, Second Life!

Odyssey Simulators

*sensesplacesff1Senses Places has taken up residence on the Odyssey Simulator with a new sky platform for rehearsals and performances.

Senses Places uses a live webcam interface to read movements of participants IRL. The interface then translates these movements to the participant’s avatar in virtual space. Another layer is added as RL dancers in remote locations interact with large-scale projections of these dancing avatars.

At one of Senses Places’ most recent events on Odyssey dancers in Portugal improvised against live projections of Second Life avatars (whose movement are being triggered by the webcam interfaces of Liz Solo and Isabel Valverde)







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