ICH² - 360° Intermedia Dance Performance

ICH² (Me to the power of 2) is an interacitve dance performance especially developed for fulldome planetariums. The performance combines expressive modern dance and 360° interactive motion graphics.

In this way ICH² is a very unique piece of the emerging genre called Digital Theatre, in which digital media technology enables alterable and imersive stage settings. Technical Setup using VVVV Fulldome Renderer.

A Cooperation of Muthesius Academy of Arts, Mediadome Kiel and Ballett Kiel, Germany.

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ICH² - 360° Intermedia Dance Performance

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THE GENETIC PROGRAMMING OF MAN
It is part of us all and understood as the program that we are made of: The genetic code.We see in it the essence of the individual, the source of identity and a modified definition of the self.

«The modern concept of…


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THE GENETIC PROGRAMMING OF MAN
It is part of us all and understood as the program that we are made of: The genetic code.We see in it the essence of the individual, the source of identity and a modified definition of the self.

«The modern concept of the gene led to the perception, that the body is not a static, given entity, but – similar to computer software – a set of commands, a program, that can be handed over to the next generation.»

Christina von Braun’s quote expresses the confusion of modern man, who is discovering the benefits of technological progress as well as genetechnology’s threats.
Paradigm shifts of man’s destiny and everyone’s ability to reproduce as well as other social changes thereof make us ask the question:
What is our individuality beyond the mere analysis of our datasets? Will it be possible to program formerly only imagined versions of our real bodies? What if our individuality will be simpliy cloned away? What if our self will be enhancend into a second self made of flesh and blood, looking identical?
Are these questions, born in the controversial science of genetechnology new?

ICH² (Me to the power of 2)
The contentual discussion that ICH² has, is based on the assumption that these questions have been around since the age of man.
The known issue of duplication/reproduction in relation to the artificial production and enhancement of human life is reappearing within a new set of paradigms of modern technology.The cross-media dance performance is including latest research as well as an array of forms of encounters with the other self: in dream and in shadow as well as on media from mirror over film to digital imagery. The theatre, which the body lets take place on the stages of subconsciousness and media is merged with the „sans-frontiere“  virtuality that emerges within the reality of the theatre’s space.

Which art form would be better to transcend this act than dance? Contemporary dance uses modern media to accelerate the pervasion of virtuality and reality.
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CREDITS

Choreography:
Mario Schröder

Dancers:
Tina Slabon, Lisa Mona Holy May (First season), Isis Calil de Albuquerque (Second season)

Dramaturgy:
Mario Schröder, Petra M. Meyer, Tom Duscher

Concept and Script
Student-Team: Alexander Brauch, Jens Ewald, Michel Magens, Patrick Müller, Andreas Meyen, Timo Schuhmacher, Martin Sperling

Visual Design and Realisation
Alexander Brauch, Christian Engler, Jens Ewald, Michel Magens, Patrick Müller (Support: Timo Schuhmacher, Andreas Meyen)

Motion Tracking / V4-Programming
Christian Engler, Jens Ewald, Heinrich Löwe

Music Arrangements
Sven Lütgen

Stagedesign
Manuel Klauser und Jan Reiss

Mario Schröder, Choreographer
Mario Schröder, is the award-winning head of choreography of ballet Kiel. His body of work shows over 50 productions. Some of his most known projects are the ballet "The Wall" based on the album by Roger Waters and "Jim Morrison – König der Eidechsen". Together with his sister Silvana he created the event "Fight Club", based on the book of Chuck Palahniuk for the ballet in Dortmund.

Petra Maria Meyer, Dramaturgy
Petra Maria Meyer is director of the forum and professor for culture and media science at Muthesius college of art. She graduated in philosphy and theatre science with a focus on media theory. Working 15 years as a writer, actor and lecturer at the cross-media department of acting at Studio Akustische Kunst (WDR), she worked for both theatre and tv. She published various papers on cross-media, contemporary dance, audio art and media philosophy and media drama.

Tom Duscher, Project and Art Supervision
Tom Duscher is professor for digital and interactive media at Muthesius college of art. He has an comprehensive portfolio of internet and interactive projects working with bluechip companies and small businesses and brands both as designer and creative director. In the area of 360°- visuals for the dome event, together with a group of his students, he organised a record release event for the band "Fury in the Slaughterhouse". Another project to develop an evening filling event for planetariums called "Alien Action" is being developed by two of his graduates from his digital and interactive media course.

Christian Engler, Research and V4 Programming
Christian Engler is a scientific assistant at Muthesius College of Art and responsible for software development and motion tracking. Besides his research position, he is developing motion-tracking solutions and real-time visuals for international theatre productions and exhibitions.

Sven Lütgen, Music Arrangements
Sven Lütgen is a scientific assistant at Muthesius College of Art and and lecturer in Intermedia/ Sound Studies. He studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and also Media Art at HfG Karlsruhe. Since the mid 90ties he also works as freelancer for graphics, illustrations and sound design. Since 2000 he makes and plublishes music together with Dietrich Foth under the projectlabel "munit".

Authors
Maike Brzakala, Michael Ebert-Hanke, Arne Rautenberg

Technical Research
Christian Engler, Muthesius college of art, Dipl. Inf. Markus Schack, FH Kiel/centre for multimedia

Projektmanagement
Maike Brzakala and Tom Duscher, project management Muthesius college of art, Thomas Hörath, public relations ballet Kiel

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