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Friday 20 January 2023

10:00am - 15:00pm

STEAMhouse, Belmont Works, Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7RQ

Learn the fundamentals of motion volumetric capture with Dancer Artist Kerryn Wise & Creative Technologist Ben Neal of Displace Studio

Volumetric Capture workshop with award winning Mixed Reality Performance Group, Displace Studio

Join STEAMhouse and Displace Studio for an amazing workshop examining the fundamentals of performing in virtual worlds. We will explore key artistic concepts, and examine the workflow behind Volumetric Capture technology.

Displace studio have been engaging with volumetric capture in their work, evidenced most notably in the creation of their award winning Facades VR experience. Facades is a surreal VR noir that dances between reality & illusion.

Both haunting and beautiful Facades uses the architectural features of windows, mirrors and doors as metaphors for duality, reflection and portals. This surreal ‘VR noir’ presents beautiful choreography from unique perspectives, inviting the viewer to look behind the scenes, move beyond the veneer and take a closer look.

The workshop will explore how Displace Studio have used Volumetric Capture to “capture real-life performers digitally and transform them into three dimensional, virtual versions of themselves. With this technology you can occupy the same space, walk around, and view them from any angle.”

Workshop Leaders:

Ben Neal – Creative Technologist : Ben is an Arts-focused creative technologist, digital artist, programmer, games/gadget builder and educator. His work often uses audio-visual and digital technology to create interactive art, bespoke electronic devices, musical instruments and immersive content such as Virtual / Augmented Reality. His work has been seen at the V&A, Somerset House, Open Data Institute, Warwick Arts Centre, Ikon Gallery, BOM, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and at festivals such as Sonar (ES), Fierce, Supersonic, Flatpack, Random String, Coventry Biennial and London Design Festival. He is part of the Swoomptheeng art collective, previously Digital Producer at BOM and works freelance as Psicon Lab.

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Kerryn Wise— Lead Artist, Choreographer and Performer: Kerryn is a UK-based dance artist, performer, and researcher, exploring the intersection of dance, film, physical theatre, and digital technologies. Kerryn’s current work explores live performance and VR using volumetric capture. Kerryn was a QuestLab Digital Dance Artist at Studio Wayne McGregor for 2018/19 and is a NearNow member at Broadway Media Centre’s studio for arts and technology. Kerryn has been devising work for over 20 years and has shown her work at a range of festivals, theatres and venues nationally including the National Review of Live Art, Sensitive Skin Festival, NEAT, NottDance and Performing Futures.

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