Archiving hybrid-reality performance

Very happy to find this post from Selena Chau regarding her selection of Senses Places as the hybrid-reality performance for the archival collection of Stanford Digital Archive! It was great to work with her 😀

Selena Chau

This summer I have been working with Henry Lowood at Stanford University to create an archival collection for a hybrid-reality performance. Mr. Lowood’s experience in archiving virtual worlds and understanding of the complexities of archiving machinma, and other artists creations using company software has been necessary for guiding my project.

I have explored reasons why virtual reality technology and virtual worlds are an important aspect of performance, especially when it relates to creativity with dance projects

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Mixed-reality performance: dance and virtual worlds

An interesting short article featuring Senses Places by Selena Chau only found now from 2014 😉

Selena Chau

From https://www.facebook.com/SensesPlaces From https://www.facebook.com/SensesPlaces

Historically, dance is a presentation, entertainment that is meant to be enjoyed in the proscenium: ballet, acrobatic, opera. Even on screen, audiences have been meant to watch from their “window.” Dance has moved beyond its historical origins in endless artistic innovation and new formulations of existing tools and skills for expression of movement in time and space. Site-specific works, shown in alternative performance spaces, invite the audience closer to the work and to even engage within the dance piece. The inclusion of more vernacular movements and situations allows greater meaning for audiences, and more opportunities to connect with the work. Improvisation allows real-time communication and exploration between participants.

Dance performances have always been highly collaborative–with sets, costumes, music, lighting, and now more and more, with technology. Dance scholar Kerstin Evert (2002) describes the 1960s as a prominent historical period when media technologies integrated with dance. Additionally, she cites…

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