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 @ 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.


Workshop Dancing with Avatars and Senses Places Performance with Parad is0, no hay billetes/LaboratorioSLD @ Casa de las Artes de Alanís, Spain


Senses Places Workshop @ SLACTIONS 2012

Screenshot from the Workshop in Lisbon taken from Second Life

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Here the link for the Livestream video recording of the Workshop at Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal

Global Underscore Satellite @ Second Life / Senses Places

About the Global Underscore Satellite @ Second Life


The Global Underscore virtual Satellite @ Second Life, MUVE, enables participants and audience members from remote places, including Global Underscore sites, to gather and expand the possibilities for embodied connections. Towards a greater consciousness through listening, sharing, and improvising through the practice, the Satellite @ Second life expands our encounters and interactions through virtualization in images and as avatars. Senses Places project will host this virtual Global Underscore Satellite at its virtual site at Koru Island, and the Senses Places’ team will organize the activity and participate on June 23, 2:30 – 6:30 pm (GMT/WET) 6:30 – 10:30 am (SLT/PST).

The Second Life 3d platform is owned by Linden Labs company (2003) and its population/inhabitants, the avatars, have multiple interests, ranging from business and shopping, dating, explorations, education and artistic practice, to name but a few. At this multi-user 3d application participants animate an avatar and interact with others and the environment in multiple ways. The modalities of human-avatar interaction include chat, appearance, gesture, voice, and movement of the body, in space, and in relation to other avatars and objects.

Within SL, it is possible to simultaneously display a number of browser windows, like multiple video broadcasts. In this way we will gather the different Global Underscore streams in a shared virtual site. If this includes your site, you would be able to see and interact with/through the image of yourself in that environment, with the people in your site, and with virtual figures and images of people at other sites. The SL Satellite will also have a GU channel and will stream also in SL during the practice:

The idea is to truly expand (rather than substitute) our bodies taking advantage of the possibilities of dance somatics and digitally enabled embodied mediation and virtualization.  Adapting interfaces to our bodies, instead of the other way around, will contribute to expanding our sensory-perceptive capacities to connect in multiple combined ways with the many Global Underscore sites, satellites, for the first time including avatar participants and audience members.

The Underscore’s approach is rooted on group and contact improvisation, integrating related somatic practices, such as, Tai Chi, release and alignment, BMC, and Alexander, among others. These practices enable us to be grounded and follow our bodies’ sensory perceptions while also expanding through our images and avatars to connect with others via remotely connected improvisation. SL opens amazing interactive possibilities for creative communities of practice such as CI. Trough an encompassing connection, including an emphasis on somatic and technological mediations multiple physical-virtual vessels of communication will open among the participants and the shared environments, contributing to generating a novel integrated globality.  

In order to visit and participate in the Global Underscore Satellite @ Second Life you or someone at your Underscore site needs to take some time to familiarize yourself with the Second Life interface. Here are our recommended steps:

  1. Have a computer with reasonable graphics and high-speed internet connection.
  2. Create an account and choose an avatar (free) @
  3. Download and install Second Life (free) @
  4. Open the Second Life application and Go to the SL Underscore Satellite site at Senses Places:


You can also go to any other location of your choice, or simply login without choosing a place. You will be teleported to a welcome site where avatar hosts wait to help you 😀

5.  Get accustomed to the interface: the avatar and the 3d environment. It is not difficult, but it will require some practice depending on your computer interface and videogame skills and literacy. This will enable you to observe, interact, and improvise with other avatars and video stream images of other GU sites projected on to screens/browser windows.

a) learn to use the arrow keys to move the avatar in space
b) learn to use the chat window, voice, and animations to communicate
c) learn about the menus and Inventory
d) learn how to edit the avatar appearance
e) learn to operate the camera view point
f)  learn to interact with objects in the environment
g) learn how to teleport

6.  At the GU site at Senses Places/Koru Island we will share  animations for your avatar to improvise with. You can play animating your avatar with them, including changing, accumulating, looping, and moving in space. The ideal is that you can make your avatar to dance without preventing you from dancing.
7.  If you are at a GU site streaming a channel, you will be able to see your channel in SL along with the other streams. Simply copy and paste your site’s channel URL link onto one of the screens available at the site as server windows.
8.   Watch, experiment, improvise!

Global Underscore Links: