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Exhibition Workshop New Media and Performance

Thoutcomes of the workshop New Media and Performance, provided by Caradt researcher Noud Heerkens, were exhibited on 6 November at St. Joost School of Art & Design, Breda. Six interdisciplinary groups showed interactive works occasionally with live performance or live interaction. In all presentations performance, audio-visuals and technology merged together. Students of St. Joost School of Art & Design, the study Communication and Multimedia Design in Breda and professional performers gained knowledge and insights particularly in how to involve the user in the artistic development.

1. An Unexpected Encounter
2. Embrance
3. Sound Scape

Exhibition Workshop New Media & Performance

The six interactive works were exhibited throughout St. Joost School of Art & Design.

  1. An Unexpected Encounter – People constantly seek connection with each other. How does a connection form and what is needed for two people to connect with each other? Do we turn away from a stranger? Or rather create a connection, the moment we are thrown into a new situation together?
  2. Embrace – Swirling, flowing & acting on impulses with a long screen and each other we move through ‘the Storms of the Corona’. Playfull group-intamicy wrapped in a colourfull embrace!
  3. Sound Scape – When you wall into a room, your presence acts upon the space balance. If you enter a room in and join a group, the same phenomenon occurs. But we don’t necessarily realize this. In the interactive installation SOUND SCAPE this presence is translated into sounds.
1. The Maze
1. The Maze
2. Speculum
2. Speculum
  1. The Maze – The maze is an interactive installation which puts its visitors as spectators of themselves to question modern communication through technological media.
  2. Speculum – How do you experience the world through the eyes of someone else? Who are you then? Do you dare to surrender completely? Take a seat and become part of this installation.

Research project

The workshop and exhibition were inspired by the research of filmmaker and visual artist Noud Heerkens within the research group Situated Design. Between 2016 and 2019 Noud developed and realised the installation An Invitation to DANCE. In this installation dance, cinema and technology are organically linked. By looking, hearing, moving and associating the visitor can create his ‘own’ story in this installation: the audience becomes co-author of the work.

Symposium Interaction & Embodiment, April 2021

The results of the workshop will be part of what will culminate in a small symposium entitled Interaction & Embodiment. During the symposium the installation An Invitation to DANCE will be exhibited to share the visual results of the research with students, teachers and participants in the symposium. In a lecture accompanying the exhibition, Noud Heerkens will discuss the artistic process that led to the installation and the role of the spectator in it.

Symposium and exhibition are planned at the beginning of April 2021.

An Invitation to DANCE

This research project examines the cinematic experience of a dance performance.  

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‘The essence of the situated, cinematic experience of dance lies in the mental interaction where the public becomes co-author.’

Noud Heerkens was a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group from 2016 until retiring in 2021. He also was a tutor at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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