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DORKBOT SUPPORTS: Creativity & Cognition Studios: Hacking the Stage feat. Elke Utermöhlen and Martin Slawig (blackhole-factory) + Chris Bowman + Linda Walsh


Augmenting the Senses – Artists Talk

Dorkbot Sydney and Creativity and Cognition Studios present a special event of artist presentations featuring visiting audiovisual media artists Elke Utermöhlen and Martin Slawig (blackhole-factory) from Germany, Chris Bowman, Sydney and Linda Walsh.

Friday 2nd October 11am – 1pm
Creativity and Cognition Studios
Level 6, Room 402, UTS Building 11, Broadway

Elke Utermöhlen and Martin Slawig (blackhole-factory)


We use technology to expand space and develop new performance practices incorporating augmented reality environments and data visualisation and sonification. In this talk, we present examples of our installations and performances that illustrate how we understand expanded spaces: opening the boundaries of space, sensing the environment through outdoor-sensors, connecting spaces over the internet or linking performers equipped with sensors.  Most of our work uses self-deciding systems that confront the performer with unpredictable behavior. We will show some work in progress, which we will be developing during our residency in Sydney as well as talking about our use of Max/MSP, Arduino, sensors and XBee modules. These arts projects aim to examine issues of appropriation and transformation and emancipation from preformed reality.

Chris Bowman

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In February 2015, Chris Bowman and Holger Deuter led a special interdisciplinary design studio in the UTS Data Arena for 3rd year students from UTS’s School of Design. Students from various design disciplines engaged with one of Australia’s leading choreographers, Dean Walsh who demonstrated for the first time at UTS the motion capture capabilities of the Data Arena system.  This presentation explores the concept development, visualisation and animation processes used by the students in response to the brief, the 360 degree cinematic space in the Data Arena and the choreographic data which the students rendered as prototype 2D and 3D animation assets. This special student lab extended the work undertaken by the tranSTURM collective on the short film, Heroic commissioned by Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

Linda Walsh


This presentation will describe the new work “ Blue Space” for oboe and interactive audio-visual system, that uses motion tracking, real-time fluid simulation and granular sound synthesis to create a responsive digital environment. The gestures, movements and sounds made by the oboist generate the audio-visual digital content which is projected in real-time. The interactive system used for Blue Space has its origins in the dance work ‘Encoded’, performed in 2012 by the Stalker Theatre, which used a fluid simulation system developed by Andrew Johnston at the Creativity and Cognition Studios at UTS. The addition of sound to the original system led to the earlier experimental works for oboe, Sound Stream and Airflow in 2013.
Based on Gaston Bachelard’s philosophical text ‘Water and Dreams’, Blue Space explores the relationships between water, image and sound. Taking form in many kinds of fluid, vapour, ice crystals and rain, water appears in its diverse moods, encompassing tranquility, power, life and death. While the work has a clearly defined structure, improvised sections allow flexible interaction during performance as the artists react to each other and to the output of the system.