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

Trailer: Senses Places @ InterACT! & IST/Taguspark

Video by Tiago Costa, NME – Núcleo Multimedia e E-learning, IST/UTL, Lisboa, Portugal

Mixed Reality Participatory Performance Environment

By Isabel Valverde, Todd Cochrane
with Ana Moura, Clara Gomes, Keiji Mitsubuchi, Jun Makime, Yumi Sagara, Yukihiko Yoshida and others

A Linden Endowment for the Arts exhibition showcasing interactive virtual art

Curated by L1Aura Loire/Lori Landay, Professor of Visual Culture & Interactive Media, Berklee College of Music

Virtual Permanence:
OCTOBER 15 to JANUARY 15, 2012

Physical Presence:
TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 25, 2011 to JANUARY 14, 2012
11am-1pm and 2.30-4.30pm (PT/GMT)
3-5am and 6.30-8.30am (PST/GMT+8)
Instituto Superior Técnico/Taguspark Campus, Oeiras, Portugal

* * * * * * ANYONE IS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE * * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * COME ON IN * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

* * * * * * * * * ESTÃO TODOS CONVIDADOS * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Senses Places @ InterACT! (Second Life & IST + DH)

Às Terças-Feiras, entre 25 de Outubro de 2011 e 15 de Janeiro de 2012, o projecto Senses Places, ambiente participativo de realidade mista, estará presente e aberto à participação no jardim interior do IST-Taguspark.

Esta presença decorre no âmbito da participação deste projecto de dança-tecnologia no InterACT!, Exposição de Arte Interactiva Virtual no Second Life©, organizada pela Linden Endowment for the Arts.

Senses Places desenvolve formas integradas de interacção de corpo inteiro entre participantes-performers, via transmissão vídeo, câmara web, Wii mote©, e em breve Kinect©.

De entre os visitantes espalhados pelo mundo, algumas das sessões no IST-Taguspark incluem performances com colaboradores na Universidade Digital Hollywood, em Tóquio, entre outras.

Senses Places @ InterACT! LEA Art Show

A Linden Endowment for the Arts exhibition showcasing interactive virtual art

Curated by L1Aura Loire/Lori Landay, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Visual Culture & Interactive Media, Berklee College of Music

LEA4  October 15, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Virtual art can invite, or even insist, that you interact with it. The artists in this exhibition cleverly and creatively make art out of interactions between data, objects, actions, and people within and beyond the virtual world in a stunning array of installations and experiences that stretch the possibilities of virtual art. Expect the unexpected, and click whenever you can. #interactLEA

Senses Places is a playful mixed reality performance environment for audience participation. An ongoing dance-technology collaboration generating whole body multimodal interfacings keen to a somatic cross-cultural approach; Senses Places stresses the awareness and integration of simultaneous perceptive, local-remote connections, where participants and environments meet and engage kinesthetic/synesthetically.

What emerging embodied realities and cultural specific exchanges will surface by the multi-participant varied involvement? Linked to avatars through the suggested interfaces: Livestream, webcam, Wiimote©, and soon Kinect©, it all depends on the participants’ attitude throughout the interactive experience through their own and each other’s physical bodies, video mediations, avatar moves, and/or environmental changes.

Senses Places – Mixed Reality Participatory Performance Environment by:

Butler2 Evelyn/Isabel Valverde, PT
Toddles Lightworker/Todd Cochrane, NZ
In Yan/Keiji Mitsubuchi, JP
Island Habana/Yukihiko Yoshida; JP
Anisabel/Ana Moura, PT

Also Physical site @ Ler Devagar, Rua Rodrigues Faria,, Lx Factory, 1300-501 Alcântara, Lisboa, PORTUGAL
(Antiga Gráfica Mirandela em Alcântara) 103 – Ed. G – 0.3,

Note to the Participants: SENSES PLACES’ SL environment is always open and you can get the desktop-free interfaces, plus the Livestream channels’ logins and passwords to share your video image, from the SENSES PLACES Giver in the space. Just copy and follow the instructions.
You need to have a webcam and, for the wii mote, a mac computer. And an extra camera for the livestream video.
We would appreciate if you send some feedback about your experience or help message, in case you have a problem running the interfaces.
Good Luck!!!