UC San Diego's Department of Music

September 30, 2015

  Immersive Lab, a multimedia environment by Swiss artists Jan Schacher and Daniel Bisig, will be open to the public for a reception and discussion with the artists on Friday Oct. 9 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Performative Computing Lab, Atkinson Hall. Schacher and Bisig will be introduced by composer and multimedia artist Katharina Rosenberger of the music faculty, who is teaching a class centered on this installation. Immersive Lab is part of Qualcomm Institute's Initiative for Digital Exploration in Arts and Sciences (IDEAS).

Entering the space, visitors will be immersed in panoramic video and surround audio (with music in the form of ethereal and experimental compositions by artists such as Pelayo Arrizabalaga and Florian Bogner), with the large screen serving as a touch panel. While the Immersive Lab is deployed for a month-long residency, UCSD graduate will be recruited to learn the system and develop creative work for the installation in collaboration with UCSD arts faculty including Rosenberger, Yadegari, Miller Puckette (Music), Ricardo Dominguez (Visual Arts) and David Kirsh (Cognitive Science).

"The compositions and be collaboratively created and combine visual and sonic material with generative and algorithmic methods," Rosenberger said. "The artistic approach focuses on real-time pieces that involve visitor interaction and that take advantage of the panoramic nature of the installation." In particular, the works are expected to articulate the relationship between immersive media and direct interaction, with special focus on group-embodied interaction, gesture tracking, tactility within the digital realm, and immersive as well as explorative audio-visual environments.

The Immersive Lab class project at UC San Diego is supported by Swissnex San Francisco, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Presence Switzerland. the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts, and the Office of the Dean, UC San Diego Division of Arts & Humanities, as well as the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) program of Calit2's Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego.


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