In this workshop we questioned “how do we feel when controlled by machines”?
We reversed the traditional concept of humans on top of machines, it makes us loose control, feel captured.
Here, 12 participants (from performing arts to musicians, visual artists, etc) created performative situations in which their bodies were out-of-control, by being controlled by machines, computers, music, other humans, or even: plants.
After learning how to create interfaces between computer/digital-media and off-the-shelf electrical muscle stimulators, the participants created 10 performances within a mere two days of workshop:
“super mario” by marc gabriel
“gesture transfer” by rodrigo diaz & arantxa martinez
“mouse control” by younes atbane
“bottle movement” by sebastian schlemminger, claudia mattai del moro, marc gabriel
“article 5: freedom of expression” by christian heck
“da vinci’s muscle” by stefan greiner
“empathy therapy” by johann bauerfeind
“plant & bodies” by mélodie fenez, sebastian schlemminger, arantxa martinez
Visual documentation by the participants
Connecting Plants to Body motion
Painting by being controlled by audience
Building interfaces for muscle stimulators
Connecting one’s shoulders to twitter!
The drone face
Interfacing with musical instruments