Trailer of Third Life premiere available

Artists Otto Krause and Milan Loviška took to the stage in three public performances of the Third Life Project, while their research collaborators from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and Simula Research Lab and Norway followed closely from the around the stage, to step in and assist on either the virtual or real-world side of their performance.

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. - 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Foto: http://eSeL.at

WUK: Third Life

WUK: Third Life (8.10. – 10.10.2015, Generalprobe) http://esel.cc/WUK_3rd-life | Fotos: http://eSeL.at

High Performance Computing meets Performance Art

In their performative lecture the artists together with an international team of experts exploit technology and employ artistic vision to blur the lines between human beings and machines and between reality and imagination. They explore up-to-date possibilities of development of an avatar performance for a real life audience, which operates within mixed realities (real and “second life”) and coessentially aspires to open the door to the “third life”, where virtuality can transgress directly into reality.

With the use of a “smart stage” they address the new performative possibilities of virtual environments that aren’t limited or constrained by the local space that the physical bodies inhabit. This unique interface of a simulated virtual world, Internet of Things and novel tracking technologies allow virtual characters to perform activities in the real world, whereas activities of performers in the real world enable changes in the virtual world. The notion of third life is manifested here not only in the synchronous interconnection of the virtual and the real but also in their divergence alike, and brings up for question and re-examination what a body is, how a body operates and whether that body is alive or dead, real or virtual.

Third Life Project, initiated in early 2014, implements artistic and scientific research and is devised in the ongoing, networked collaboration across national boundaries.

See more photos and a video summary from the 3 performances at http://thirdlifeserver.org/media.html

Premiere @ WUK Vienna, 08 October 2015.

Concept/Dramaturgy/Scenography/Performance: Otto Krause & Milan Loviška
Virtual environments of Minecraft: Otto Krause alias Aproktas
Minecraft expertise and gesture control: Herman Engelbrecht, Jason Bradley Nel (Stellenbosch University/MIH Medialab, South Africa)
Tracking: Carsten Griwodz, Lilian Calvet (Simula Research Lab & LABO Mixed Realities, Norway)
Cyberphysical devices and Non-Player-Characters: Gregor Schiele, Alwyn Burger, Stephan Schmeißer, Christopher Cichiwskyj (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Server: René Griessl (Bielefeld University, Germany)

A co-production of Territorium – Kunstverein and WUK Performing Arts in Vienna.

With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Arts Division; and the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. With the contribution from the FiPS project funded from the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609757. Thanks to LABO Mixed Realities in Norway, the EU project POPART (Previz for On-set Production – Adaptive Realtime Tracking) funded under grant agreement no 644874, the Bielefeld University in Germany and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.WUK: