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Congratulations to UC Berkeley, Mills, and UIUC on a Brilliant and Beautiful "Interaction"!

I regret that I could not be in the audience at Hearst Memorial Mining Building at Berkeley on Friday night to experience The Reception ?live.? I?m glad the webcast of the performance will be available soon on this website so anyone registered to the site can view it again. Visual, tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive communication were all there. It was historic--nothing quite like this has ever been mounted before. Stunning technology, stunning art. Brava, Ruzena! And congratulations to your wonderful team!

One person who watched The Reception called it a ?huge tour de force of technology, introspection about real and virtual being and indeed about the nature of existence. A very vivid and thought provoking piece. In my mind it represents the very best of the intersection between the arts and technology and indeed also humanistic thought.?

A participant writes: ?Our performance. Live, in the lab, on screen, in the moment, over time, and in each touch whether with virtual or visceral ?skin,? was a turning point in all our histories.?

Still another writes, ?The event was truly beautiful!!! The dancers were amazing and they set up the dance so that at times you had difficulty telling the live performers from the ones in cyber-space. It was a highly creative use of projectors, screens, TVs, tele-immersive. They also had a moderator who was very engaging and a performance artist himself it seemed. Lots of people all of them locked in on the action. It was a moving experience for me? a wonderful blend of the human and technology. ?

Below I?ve cut-and-pasted the original description of the event, but the real word on the subject is: ?Wow.? This was a world first. May the Resonance Project flourish, and may the funding dollars come rolling your way. What a marvelous demonstration of the continuities of engineering, science, humanities, and the arts. Presence, reception, resonance, and, of course, INTERACTION?across domains and as far as imagination will allow. May the dance continue!

The webcast of The Reception will be available soon on this site. Webcasts should also be availabe at:
mms://media.citris.berkeley.edu/citris-gala_12-8-06_part1

mms://media.citris.berkeley.edu/citris-gala_12-8-06_part2

Program Description:
The Reception is a cross-disciplinary performance event utilizing tele-immersion technology and dance choreography in a live theatrical environment. Using 48 cameras located at UC Berkeley and 10 cameras located at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the tele-immersion software will capture images of the performers, and in semi-real time, reconstruct and display the data in 3D creating a new form of bi-located remote presence. This information will be used to create dances and imagery, which resonate between virtual and real worlds, demonstrating new possibilities for visual, tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive communication. Following the performance there will be an informal symposium to address questions raised by the performance and provide a vehicle for critical response to the work.
The Resonance Project is a team of choreographers, computer engineers, and visual and sound artists who are investigating 3-D presence/co-presence and corporeal and code interactivity within live and media based performance. Unique to the project is the use of a "performance as research" model, within which scientists and artists collaborate to explore a re-visioning of cyber culture and corporeal presence.
The participants in the Resonance Project include the tele-immersion lab at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley and the tele-immersion lab within the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science Department. Other participants include The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, the Dance Department and Intermedia Program at Mills College , and the Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley. The Directors of the project are: Ruzena Bajcsy, UC Berkeley, Klara Nahrstedt, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Lisa Wymore, UC Berkeley, Renata Sheppard, UIUC Dance Department, and Katherine Mezur, Mills College. The symposium will be led by the Directors and Edmund Campion, UC Berkeley.

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