»Meeting Places«


Sun 18th November | 5pm, Festspielhaus Hellerau
admission: 10/5 Euro


»Meeting Places«: Art and Research, Actual and Virtual Performances at the Real and Cyber Hellerau(s)

creative conception: Michael Takeo Magruder
academic research: Prof. Richard Beacham
3D modelling and programming: Drew Baker
realization at the Festspielhaus Hellerau: Prof. Christine Straumer and rhythmicstudents of the Hochschule fĂĽr Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden

King’s Visualisation Lab in collaboration with TMA have created a mixed-reality intervention that will simultaneously occur in the physical space of the Great Hall at Hellerau, and in the virtual Great Hall, constructed in the online world of Second Life. This project represents an intersection between academic research and contemporary arts practice, bringing together the work of Prof. Richard Beacham (a leading authority on Adolphe Appia) and Michael Takeo Magruder (an internationally renowned artist working with New Media). Deploying new technologies and emerging virtual environments, this project explores evolutionary extensions of Appia’s original rhythmic space designs and eurhythmic performances that were first realised at Hellerau between 1912 and 1913.
KVL is a leading developer of research-based virtual environments, ranging from cultural heritage reconstructions to New Media artworks. The construction of the virtual Hellerau has been made possible though the UK Eduserv Foundation, which has funded KVL to create an extensive array of theatre historical buildings for research, educational and creative use in Second Life.
In the meantime, the building of the Hellerau Festspielhaus in Second Life is not very far advanced. If you would like to visit the site in Second Life, just do a search for »Theatron«, and that will give you the landmark. Then teleport to it, and have a look around, outside and inside.

»Theatron«: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Theatron/176/124/23

Prof. Richard Beacham: http://www.kvl.cch.kcl.ac.uk/beacham.html
Michael Takeo Magruder: http://www.takeo.org/