The theatrics of interspace brings together digital competence in a dialogue with the heritage Lehar theatre to stimulate creativity and open up new perspectives for the understanding and sharing of heritage elements and technology. The garden negotiates the concept of the interspace between the actor and performer, subject and object, analogous and digital, real and virtual, the past and the present, the old and coming new. Technology applied to heritage represents an important field of digital humanities and the garden uses this power to bring back life into the theatre. The identity of the building is in a time flux to be renovated/ conserved to hopefully represent Bad Ischl as the European Capital of Culture 2024. The students & researchers of Studio 2 respond to this change in a technological expression.
The projects ranging from projection mappings, interactive VR environments, digital sculptures, and performances rejuvenate and enliven the heritage by addressing the elements, the dramaturgy, and the historical context of the place. The garden aims to bring attention to the theatre, its cultural importance, and the need to revive it thereby celebrating the rich cultural legacy of the theatre.
The exhibition in the Lehar Theatre showcases the works of students from the master’s semester studio The exhibition comprises Virtual Reality experiences, interactive projection mapping projects, a silent disco & interactive sculptures.
The central theme of the studio is elements and objects in the theatre. It addresses questions such as how objects are experienced, what needs they answer other than functional ones, what mental structures are interwoven with and contradict their functional structures, or what cultural, intracultural, or transcultural system underpins their directly experienced everydayness. We shall not, therefore, be concerning ourselves with objects as defined by their functions or by the categories into which they might be subdivided for analytic purposes, but instead with the processes whereby people relate to them, their relevance in the perception of space and architecture, and with the systems of human behavior and relationships that result from them (Baudrillard, 1996). The studio will study the relationship between objects, of the objects and space (wholes), and of the boundaries between the objects through the aspect of identity, representation, and meaning in the context of the theatre. They will offer a critical interpretation of the spatial ornaments and objects, the literal and metaphorical perception of the historical theatrical space.
more information: https://ars.electronica.art/newdigitaldeal/de/theatrics-of-interspace/
link to Mozilla Hub: https://hubs.mozilla.com/Fd6vMW7/experienced-misty-roundtable
here you will find more info about the master studio: https://www.studio2uibk.org/masterstudio-interspace-2021/
Idee und Umsetzung
Anirudhan Iyengar & Clemens Plank | Innsbruck University
ARS Electronica, University of Innsbruck, AUF! AUF! Residency,
Intheheadroom, Lehar Theater, Stadt Bad Ischl