Lugares Sentidos / Senses Places @ OSim Community Conference 2016 & Laboratório Mocap UFBA

Senses Places testing

NoSense dancing 8                      © Kikas Babenko

Sharing the Flickr Album by Kikas Babenko of the performance 😀              

Lugares Sentidos / Senses Places @ OpenSim Community Conference 2016
Ambiente de performance participativa em realidade mista
Dez/Dec 9 > 16

Performance Abertura/Opening
SEXTA/FRIDAY 9.12.2016
16.00-17.00h (GMT-3/Salvador, BR)
11AM-12PM (SLT/GMT-8)

Ambiente aberto para visita e interacção
14h30 as 17h (GMT-3/Salvador, BR)
9.30AM to 12PM (SLT/GMT-8)

Performance Fecho/Closing
SEXTA/FRIDAY 16.12.2016
19.00-20.00h (GMT-3/Salvador, BR)

OpenSim Community Conference 2016:
Lugar físico público: Laboratório Mocap PPGD/Escola de Dança/UFBA, Campus Ondina, Salvador, BA, Brasil
Lugar virtual: Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator (Second Life)

Canais de transmissão vídeo / Livestream channels:

Senses Places é um ambiente participativo em realidade mista desenvolvido desde 2011 por uma colaboração internacional transdisciplinar em dança somática e tecnológica. Quer testemunhar a emergência de interactividades corporealizadas num clima acessível e inclusivo. Trata-se de uma experimentação artística em rede através da partilha física, biométrica, telemática e virtual. A experiência interativa propõe um ambiente criativo crítico sensível através de interfaces que conectam participantes de todo o mundo em corporealidades partilhadas.

A ênfase das conexões com nossas diversas simulações e ambientes é somática, voltada para uma empatia cinestésica media(tiza)da, alicerce da criação/investigação de uma experiência humana mais profunda e diversificada. Lugares Sentidos acontece entre lugares físicos remotos públicos/privados e o lugar virtual partilhado na Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator (Second Life).


© Butler2 Evelyn

Apresentação/Conference Talk @ OpenSimulator Community Conference 2016           por/by Isabel Valverde aka Butler2 Evelyn
21-21.30h (GMT-3/Salvador, BR)
4-4.30PM (SLT/GMT-8)

Lugar virtual @ Avacon OSim Hypergrid:
Live Stream:
                                              Registo Machinima:

Senses Places is an ongoing collaborative transdisciplinary project creating mixed reality participatory performance environments that engage participants in a physical and mediat(iz)ed kinesthetic/somatic movement relational experience.

Isabel will discuss Senses Places artistic vision towards mixed reality embodied interfacing encompassing instead of simply substituting the physical body and environment. The focus will be given to the latest process experimenting with simultaneous modes of embodied movement interaction by engaging physically and virtually through different bodily senses, particularly kinesthesis.

What will be of our virtual presence and activity without our physical embodied engagement with the machines? The transdisciplinary dance/performance art-tech approach develops improvisational situations on somatic based practices, including CI, Butoh, Yoga, Tai Chi that contribute to and expand our awareness and communication channels. We believe that this kind of approach promotes healthy and evolving interactivity with and through intelligent machines.

About the OpenSimulator Community Conference 2016: The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the community around the OpenSimulator software. The conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.
For more information see

Isabel Valverde/Butler2 Evelyn (artistic director, choreographer, performer, PT)
Todd Cochrane/Toddles Aeon (technical director, developer, SL expert, NZ)
Ana Moura/Anisabel (choreographer, performer, PT)
Barbara Teixeira/Kikas Babenko (SL performance artist, PT)
Liz Solo (SL multidisciplinary artist and curator Odyssey)
SaveMe Oh (SL visual theater artist, NL)
Isa Seppi/Janjii Rugani (choreographer, performer, BR)
Clara Gomes/Lux Nix (video artist, performer, PT)
Yukihiko Yoshida/Island Habana (coordinator of Japan node, dance educator, critic, JP)
Kae Ishimoto (choreographer, performer, JP)
Jun Makime (choreographer, performer, JP)
Yumi Sagara (choreographer, performer, JP)
Keiji Mitsubuchi (developer, SL expert, JP)
Paulo Fernandes/Genious Bickin (SL designer, performer, PT)
Catarina Carneiro de Sousa/CapCat Ragu (Meta_body avatar design, PT)
Sameiro Oliveira Martins/Meilo Minotaur (Meta_body avatar design, PT)
Artica (biometric interface, PT)
Nick Rothwell (sound interface system, composer, UK)
Mick Mengucci (image-sound interface, developer artist, PT/IT)
Joana Martins/Fonteyn (webcam interface design, performer, PT)
Fernando Cassola Marques (researcher Kinect interface, PT)
Membros do Laboratório Mocap UFBA (Brazil)
Microbiarte (Brazil)

Escola de Dança / Direcção: Profa. Dra. Dulce Tamara da Rocha Lamego da Silva / Vice-Direcção: Profa. Carmen Paternostro
PPGDança /Coordenação: Profa. Dra. Lenira Peral Rengel / Vice-coordenação: Profa. Dra. Ludmila Pimentel
Agradecimentos/Apoio: PPGDança/UFBA, Ailton Pancho, Neide, Odyssey Sim

!!! Estão todos convidados !!!
!!! All are invited !!!

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 😀


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:

Senses Places with CILxJam @ InterACT! Closing

Screen shot from event video excerpt

Link to video excerpt:

January 15, 2012
5-8pm (GMT)

Mixed Reality Participatory Performance Environment at the closing of 3 months of virtual permanence @ InterACT! Virtual Interactive Artshow Second Life LEA4

Physical-Virtual Performance by CILxJAM – Contacto Improvisação Lisboa Jam
@ Auditório BMOR, Biblioteca Municipal Orlando Ribeiro, Telheiras,
Lisboa, Portugal

@ INTERACT! LEA4’s Festival de Arte Interactiva Virtual
Second Life > 15 Outubro a 15 Janeiro.
Curated by Lori Landay (Berklee University; USA)

Screen shot from event video excerpt

Direcção Artística: Isabel Valverde (Lisboa, PT)
Ambiente Interactivo: Todd Cochrane (Wellington, NZ) + Isabel Valverde + Keiji Mitsubuchi (Tóquio, JP)
Performance: CILxJAM (PT) and maybe Jun Makime e Yumi Sagara (JP) and others throughout the world appearing as video images and avatars
Música: maybe APROXIMATE (PT)
Equipa Técnica: Técnico do auditório, Isabel Valverde, Inês D’Almey (Lisboa, PT)
Coordenação: Isabel Valverde, Ana Rocha (PT)

Nesta última performance participativa de realidade mista no contexto do InterACT! com a CILxJam, vamos ter uma última oportunidade experimentarmos e improvisarmos as interfaces de forma corporealizada a través do movimento dos entres os corpos físicos, imagens e avatares numa interacção de grupo. Começaremos por receber os participantes guiando-os na corporealização das interfaces: Livestream, Webcam and Nitendo’s Wii mote. Introduzindo os participantes com a relação com o seu corpos físicos e imagens através do Livestream e com avatars através da Webcam e da Wii mote, de modo a que possam po-las a funcionar na hora.
Seguidamente prosseguiremos para a jam performance participative propriamente dita numa perspectiva de Underscore, improvisando a conexão consciente com as muliplas possibilidades perceptivas deixando-as guiar as acções.

In this last participatory performance we will have the last chance to learn how to interact through your movement with your and other avatars. We will start by welcoming the physical and virtual participants, leading them to embodied interaction with the 3 types o interfaces: Livestream, Webcam and Nitendo’s Wii mote. Introducing them to the relation with their image through the livestream broadcast, and with the avatar through the webcam and wii mote.
Next we will improvise focusing on the grounding of the interaction with ourselves and others in the physical and virtual space, as physical, image or/and avatar bodies, becoming aware of the multiple perceptions shifting and progressing leading our connected actions/choices. Movement and contact/connection (physical and virtual) will start slow for allowing the awareness of sensing the micro events and interactions, multiple channels of local and remote communication.

Sobre Senses Places
Senses Places/Lugares Sentidos é um ambiente participativo e de performance em realidade mista. Uma colaboração em dança-tecnologia gerando interfaces multimodais para o corpo inteiro canalizada para uma abordagem de dança somática transcultural. Senses Places stressa a consciência e integração perceptiva simultânea local-remota, em que os participantes e ambientes se encontram e envolvem cinestéticamente/sinestéticamente.

Que realidades corporealizadas e trocas culturais específicas emergem neste envolvimento multi-participativo? Ligados entre si e a avatars através das interfaces sugeridas: Livestream, webcam, Wii mote e, brevemente o Kinect, tudo depende da atitude dos participantes na experiência interactiva com os seus corpos físicos, mediações vídeo, animações dos avatars, e/ou alterações ambientais.

About Senses Places
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 others’ physical bodies, video mediations, avatar moves, and/or environmental changes.

Biblioteca Municipal Orlando Ribeiro, PT
WelTec, Wellington Institute of Technology, NZ
IHSIS, Institute of Humane Studies and Intelligent Sciences, PT
IST/Taguspark, Oeiras, PT
DH, Digital Hollywood University, JP

Senses Places Blog:
Linden Endownment for the Arts Blog:


Doação/Donation: 3-5 Euros
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Apoio: Biblioteca Municipal Orlando Ribeiro

Pontos de Referência:
À saída do Metro Telheiras, “Colégio Alemão/Estrada de Telheiras”, seguir em frente pela Estrada de Telheiras até ao final. A biblioteca encontra-se do lado direito.
Do metro à biblioteca: cc de 5 minutos

Coming out at Metro Telheiras, exit “Colégio Alemão/Estrada de Telheiras,” follow straight ahead until the end of Estrada de Telheiras. The Library is on the right, at 5 minutes from the metro station.


Comentários Senses Places/InterACT! @ IST/Taguspark Campus

20 Outubro 2011

Permite conciliar a realidade virtual com os movimentos físicos, o que aumenta o realismo. Acaba por utilizar tecnologia semelhante ao Kinect©, mas acessível a todos.

Nuno Nogueira (estudante IST/LERC)

Pode vir a ser um excelente jogo no futuro, já no mundo real. Um bom jogo para jogar com outras pessoas online.

Gustavo Passos (estudante IST/LERC)

Será curioso assistir à evolução desta plataforma uma vez que com tecnologia relativamente barata se consegue criar uma sala onde múltiplas pessoas se podem encontrar numa realidade virtual que em muito se pode assemelhar tanto à nossa como a um mundo de fantasia onde as possibilidades são imensas.

Luis Saramago (estudante IST/LERC)

8 Novembro 2011

Esta tecnologia permite um avança brutal no mundo dos jogos, uma vez que deixamos de depender de um comando, e podemos controlar a personagem virtual através de movimentos reais.

Os jogos poderão passar assim a ser mais activos, aliando a experiência real à experiência virtual.

Ana Catarina (estudante IST/LEGI)

Gostei muito de experimentar esta tecnologia. Tive a sensação de me “inserir mais no jogo”, abstraindo-me da realidade. É possível assim criar qualquer cenário e personagens dando asas à imaginação.

Penso que este projecto poderá servir para novas aplicações de jogos, nomeadamente para pessoas com deficiências motoras.

Inês Fernandes (estudante IST/LERC)

Um excelente exemplo de arte aplicada à tecnologia. Permite explorar a junção de 2 mundos até agora desconectados, abrindo novos rumos à expressão artística em mundos virtuais.

Filipe B. (estudante IST/)

15 Novembro 2011

Muitos Parabéns!! Depois de experimentar senti a excelente precisão de movimentos e a complexidade dos detalhes que se quiseram incluir. Está num excelente caminho para ser um simulador potente de dança. Continuem o bom trabalho.

Paulo Melancia (estudante IST/LEGI)

Senses Places – Um simulador que utiliza diversas interfaces de forma a explorar / retirar / recolher o máximo de informação possível do movimento do ser humano, bem como sinais biológicos por nós emitidos, tirando o máximo proveito dos mesmos para recriar um ambiente / cenário absolutamente mágico e contagiante. Proporciona um sentimento de liberdade, tanto através dos movimentos realizados num espaço real como pelos cenários amplos do espaço virtual e liberdade de movimentos em todas as direcções por parte dos avatares.

Muitos Parabéns e continuação de Bom Trabalho!!!

(estudante IST LEEC)

Achei o senses places um simulador transportador de uma ideia inovadora de onde se pode desenvolver um potencial sucesso não só em Portugal como no mundo inteiro. Eu como estudante admito que vieram-me várias ideias à cabeça e bastante interesse em talvez participar. Também gosto muito do facto de já haver uma conexão e reconhecimento internacional que é um bom avanço para um possível grupo de trabalho de excelência.

Diogo Brito (estudante IST/LERC)

22 Novembro 2011

A ideia de um interface que permite conciliar o virtual com a realidade tem estado presente desde que se tornou possível modelar mundos totalmente diferentes do nosso. O senses places prestende, a partir desta ideia, criar um mundo virtual que tenha impacto no mundo real, aumentando a percepção dos utilizadores em relação ao local onde se encontram e das pessoas com quem estão. Ainda se encontra em crescimento, mas cria várias possibilidades futuras no ramo da interacção social/virtual-

Pedro Braz (estudante IST/LERC)

25 Novembro 2011  (Senses Places/CILxJam/InterACT! @ Ler Devagar)

Senses Places – simula o real… o real simulado pelo virtual… a virtualidade encrispada  por um mundo que se move independentemente dela… uma realidade que se impõe ao virtual.

Virtual versus real. O que é real? O que é virtual? Sentido virtuais são reais… o batimento cardíaco… a respiração… qui interagem… audíveis porque reais… virtuais porque visíveis. O visível tornou-se real – Senses Places.

Ana Rocha

29 Novembro 2011

Senses Places – Achei a experiência inovadora e interessante. Pode até mesmo ser importante para aquelas pessoas mais tímidas treinarem e aprender a dançar por exemplo. Libertando os movimentos, etc. Pena que quando experimentei os sensores não estiveram ao melhor nível, mas vale a pena continuar a melhorar.

Pedro Borges  (estudante IST)

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!!!


Senses Places @ DHRA2011 Japan Node, Digital Hollywood (Kae Ishimoto)

yukihikoyoshida on Broadcast Live Free

Senses Places @ DHRA2011 Japan Node, Digital Hollywood, (Jun Makime)

Senses Places @ DHRA2011 Japan Node, Digital Hollywood (SL window with 2 streams)

Senses Places @ DHRA2011 Japan Node, Digital Hollywood (Jun Makime, Kae Ishimoto and ?)

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This Livestream reports on Senses Places Performance and Participatory Environment @ Digital Resources for the Humanities and the Arts 2001 (The Nottingham Trent University, Ninbgo, Chine) as seen and performed from the Japanese Node @ Digital Hollywood University.

Collaborators Japan Node:

Yukihiko Yoshida (Keio Univ.)

Keiji Mitsubuchi (Digital Hollywood, Tokyo)

Jun Makime (independent  choreographer, Butoh)

Yumi Sagara (independent  choreographer, Butoh)

Kae Ishimoto (independent  choreographer, Butoh)

and Student volunteers at Digital Hollywood