Residency D: Immersive Arts

A collaboration between ICST and the Immersive Arts Space at ZHdK

The Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) is a research institution that situates itself at the intersection of technology and musical practice. The institute follows an artistic research approach that links conceptual reflection and engineering with artistic creation and education.
The Immersive Arts Space (IASpace) is a research, teaching and production space and platform for exploring the artistic potential of state-of-the-art technologies in movement analysis, virtual, augmented and mixed reality and spatial audio together with a critical perspective on these technologies from aesthetic-social-political perspectives. IASpace combines skills and contributions from a multitude of creative practices present at ZHdK including film, computer music, dance, theater, interaction design, and game design.

Artificial Intimacy. A Project by SHIBUI Kollektiv, in Cooperation with ZHdK, Coventry University and Hochschule Offenburg (Foto: Marc Doradzillo, 2021)

The ICST and IASpace share a common interest in the relationship between physical and computational forms of embodiment and their mutual integration into generative processes – how human bodies in the real, physical world are captured, represented and re-configured by computing machines. We are specifically interested in how human embodiment and sense making collide with the abstraction of generative machine processes.

The call thus invites sound and visual artists, theatre makers and movement artists who wish to explore this growing tension between the subjective aspects of embodiment with generative and processual computational processes. Specifically, we are looking for bold artistic proposals that aim to develop installations or performances that research and exhibit how bodily forms of subjectivity and difference can be entangled with such generative processes, creating new sensory combinations and frictions between human and machine agency.

The invited artist(s) will be provided with access to and support in the use of the technical infrastructure of the IASpace. This includes a large-scale motion capture system, a multichannel surround audio system, a spatial multi-projector system and computer-controlled lighting.

The residency is intended for artists who have experience in working with generative approaches and who ideally have some experience in working in performance or installation contexts with a range of technologies. Candidates will submit a conceptual idea to be realized in the course of the residency. A selective portfolio will document an artistic practice in generative art. As the ICST and IASpace are committed to equity, inclusion and cultural diversity, we particularly welcome proposals from women, candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds, artists who identify with a disability and underrepresented groups.

Irini Kalaitzidi, Resident at the IASpace in 2020 (Foto: Julien Mercier, 2021)

Course of the residency
The residency’s maximum duration is three weeks.

The results will be presented and discussed within a presentation, demonstration or performance at the end of the residency. If there is mutual interest, efforts will be undertaken to make a public performance possible.

Residents will receive support from Daniel Bisig (ICST, researcher in Generative Art) and Eric Larrieux (IASpace, specialist in 3D audio / interactive audio). Also, basic technical and project-specific support will be provided during the residency. Nevertheless, the ability to work autonomously in a complex technical environment is a prerequisite.