Fully Accessible Body: An Autonomous Hologram Show

BBB_ (Alla Popp & Alexander Sahm)

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  • Summary

    A research on a live-show experience where the real performers are replaced with a hologram, extending our physical capacities to do more of our beloved, but underpaid work and to create for the audience technologically enhanced real live-show experience.

    Full description of the concept

    Fully Accessible Body : Inside the Holograms’ Head

    With Fully Accessible Body project, we, BBB_, research on a live-performance experience where the presence of the real-body performers (us) is not necessary. In particular, we question how can we, performers and artists, extend our physical capacities to do our beloved, but underpaid work and still be able to create for the audience a feeling of a live-show with the help of digital tools available on the consumer market.

    The core tools in this project is a HoloLens and various forms of Holograms. It receives a body feedback of the audience via customised pulse sensors. The pulse rate is sent to HoloLens and Ableton in a live-stream, which algorithmically influences the performance/movements of the holograms seen through the HoloLens and the intensity and the composition of the soundtrack in Ableton.

    In this artistic research, since the project launch in March 2018, we already had few development stages, presenting this project at the dgtl fmnsm festival in Hellerau - European Center for the Arts Dresden, Festival der junge Talente in Frankfurter Kunstverein and at Transeuropa Fluid Festival in Hildesheim and other events and locaions. For each show we have been consistently speculating with various questions like “where is a difference between an interactive installation and a live-show”, “what role does the degree of expertise in digital technologies play in perception of a live-show which requires a usage of certain amount of wearable gadgets”, “what are the relations between our physical bodies and identities to our interactive digital copies (holograms)” and “how big is a role of mainstream/social media in constructing an image of a digital pop-idol (like Hatsune Miku)”

    With experiences collected, we assume that the audience’s excitement, engagement and belief are very strong emotional stimulators which compensate all possible situative inconveniences caused by any software, hardware or other issues. When our digital copies were created, we realised an inevitability of distancing our personalities from their images and an opportunity to shape their vacant identities to become “ideal” pop-stars based on audiences’ wishes, beliefs, opinions, perceptions and preferences. The first step was made as the Holograms were interviewed by KVTV Collective and published on social media, where the questions of the interviewers were giving a direction for the answers content, which, in turn, were the first inputs for their identities construction.

    In the Drone Dancing Exhibition we would like to, on one hand continue our research-based work where we like to experiment, and on the other hand, provide the visitors/audience a certain holograms-based live-show experience. In which form and scale it would take place, depends on the budget and location capacities. It can be as small as a AI chat with holograms, or a showroom with holograms performing through a hololens with a pulse sensor, or a live show performed by us physically, together with holograms based on audiences emotional states.

    Since this project has a lot of aspects to research on and experiment with, for making a decision about the projects final form we would like to stay in a discourse with the festival and other artists to hear what works best and makes most sense for the Drone Visions.

    We didn’t find an option for uploading pictures and it is very difficult to explain how it works without any visual support, so please see following links for some visuals:

    Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kubtx0r22oa5s2m/AAArUsBtU4lj0mOsawpWCXL5a?dl=0
    Image-Visuals: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ktn8mu4lesv75u3/AABAJ6KtF8rKR8mO7QY6t7Vsa?dl=0
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIGP2R6SN3s
    Interview with holograms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaB-2npzK2c
    BBB_ CV http://homepage-bbb.com/BBB_CV_052018.pdf
    BBB_ Portfolio http://homepage-bbb.com/BBB_Portfolio_0518.pdf
    The Private Show_ Showroom: https://youtu.be/0UapYaVRBXg

    About the group/Artist

    BBB_​ ​is​ ​a​ ​post-digital​ ​cross​ ​disciplinary​ ​project,​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the​ ​intersection​ ​of​ ​music, performance,​ ​art,​ ​design​ ​and​ ​contemporary​ ​philosophy.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​founded​ ​by​ ​Alla​ ​Poppersoni and​ ​Alexander​ ​Sahm​ ​in​ ​early​ ​2015.​ ​The​ ​project​ ​works​ ​in​ ​live​ ​performance​ ​and​ ​installation format,​ ​experiments​ ​with​ ​digital​ ​voices,​ ​natural​ ​language​ ​processing,​ ​brain​ ​stimulating​ ​music and​ ​interactive​ ​visuals,​ ​creating​ ​special​ ​atmosphere​ ​and​ ​a​ ​scenography​ ​for​ ​each​ ​piece.​ ​​ With Utopian and Dystopian setups, through​ ​experimental​ ​sound,​ ​intense​ ​electronic​ music and​ ​spoken​ ​word,​ ​artists​ ​try​ ​to​ ​confront​ ​the​ ​spectator​ ​with​ ​a​ ​situation​ ​when​ ​human​ ​and inhuman​ ​life​ ​forms​ ​merge,​ ​speculating​ ​on​ ​various​ ​states​ ​of​ ​mind,​ ​relationships​ ​and self-perception,​ ​altered​ ​by​ ​socially​ ​and​ ​emotionally​ ​intelligent​ ​digital​ ​technologies.

    Budget overview

    Min of 2860eu
    Transport 2x200eu flight FFM-ARN-FFM
    Accommodation 2 days set up + 1 Exhibition day (2x60eu/Night) 360eu
    Production materials 500eu for foils, paper, print materials needed for the installation.
    Rentals: 1 Beamer, Soundsystem (for the whole exhibition period?) 1000eu
    Fee - 800eu Production & Set up

    Max of 4500eu
    Transport 2x200eu flight FFM-ARN-FFM
    Accommodation 4 days set up at the location + 1 Exhibition day (2x60eu/Night) 600eu
    Production materials 1500eu for holo projection gauze (Pepperschirm)foils, paper, print materials needed for the installation.
    Rentals: 2 Beamers, Soundsystem (for the whole exhibition period?) 1500eu
    Fee - 2000eu Production & Set up

    How can other drones co-create with you?

    We would love to get in exchange with other drones about possibilities of the autonomous live performance. Software (Unity, Max MSP, Open Frameworks) and hardware (body sensors) masters, conceptual and structural thinkers are welcome, as well as performers!

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    • Will there be light? Light of projection + atmospheric colourful (pink) light, through LEDs and spots

    • What is your audio footprint? The algorythmic music for that piece has different facettes, from intense electronic club music to intimate soundscapes of a digital choir, accompanied by modalized ASMR voices. It works with both speakers and wireless headphones.

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