In 2015 we sketched, modeled, and conducted the pilot project “Culture and City Spaces” in collaboration with Roskilde Libraries and Roskilde Museum. Early pilot-project results are described in a summary: Kulturportalen – kulturen I byrummet.
Space, movement and visualization are three keywords in a report concluding the pilot project RUC Digital Group Room (working title) from 2014-2016. The report “Interaktive grupperum: Kreativitet og kompleksitet i projektstudier,” is written in Danish, but early in the project an English video was produced with the aim to visualize some of the thoughts and ideas of the project (see below).
A prototype of a RUC digital group room was developed in 2014 and it was discussed at workshops with university students from disciplines across faculties (computer science, performance design, communication studies, history, philosophy).
In the early video as mentioned above we imagined what a digital group room at Roskilde University might look like – yet changes have been the outcome of ongoing discussions with students. Even if produced at an early stage of the project the video still visualizes our early thoughts and ideas and some of these main ideas still hold true.
Images from the early video:
Images from discussions in and about the prototype:
Stort tillykke til Bjørn 😉
Ved RUCs årsfest blev Bjørn Laursen tildelt RUCinnovationsprisen på 25.000 kr for hans arbejde med nye måder hvorpå vi kan formidle kunst ved hjælp af digitale teknologier og installationer og derved blev hans indsats i blandt andet ExLabs mange aktiviteter og projekter også værdsat.
Theatre of Places (abstract, doctoral lecture):
Theatre of places’ is a project centred on taking an actual site as the ‘script’ for the performance, as a starting point from which the work takes shape, as the ‘world’ (made up of people, shapes, memories, spaces, objects, noises) the theatre company takes as the initial relational context. It recognises that locations are imbued with memories and peoples’ lives, as well physical raw material, that are embraced and involved into the process. Therefore, location is considered not merely as a setting for performance, but something integral to the total experience, and a way of informing work’s constituents: body, word, movement, sound, light, technology. The collective identity of place is at the core of the work. The performance is rooted in site and the latter is transformed into a new place of visions which tries to arouse desires and projects related to the site itself. At present when physical spaces, and the relations that take place within them, have been weakened by the advent of new, immaterial forms of relations, such as the Internet and the social networks, this kind of artistic work which focuses on reality becomes more necessary, in order to search for new forms of belonging and a new balance between the real and the virtual.
Fabrizio Crisafulli will talk about his “Theatre of Places” project, which he carries on for over twenty years, describing his works with the help of pictures and films.
Organic light (abstract, public lecture):
About his way of conceiving stage lighting design, Fabrizio Crisafulli wrote: “A guideline for my theatre work is that on stage light should take on a role which is similar to that of natural light in the world. The issue isn’t imitating natural light, but rather the ability of light to become a vital substance in theatre, even in its most abstract interpretation. An essential, primary and generative element. Light could free itself from the effect-producing and illustrative role, and the layout function, prepared in the final days of rehearsals, where standard practice often relegates it, and which hardly work with theatre’s ability to echo reality. Another conviction I have, which has been reinforced with experience, concerns the need to overcome two quite common misconceptions about lighting practices in the theatre. The first is that stage lighting belongs to an eminently technical sphere, the second is that it belongs to an eminently visual sphere. I think that the fundamental qualities of light in terms of the theatre lie in its ability to mould space and time, action and dramatic construction”. Fabrizio Crisafulli will talk about these issues, describing his works with the help of pictures and films.
Take a look at this video to see the gigantic and interactive book developed in ExLab RUC and listen to the background story as told by the researchers who developed the idea and the installation in collaboration with programmers and designers in the lab.
Today we discussed how and why Experience Lab should, or maybe should not, join the national initiative Digital Humanities Lab. We await further information and a meeting with head of the DigHumLab secretariat. The initiative sounds interesting, and we will no doubt look forward to further info about the initiative.
Tuesday May 27 we will meet to develop further the ideas about 21st century learning spaces. Afterwards we will also continue our brainstorm on visualization to see if this theme could serve as a cross-disciplinary research theme.
This meeting is about our current projects: “Italian pictures”, “The gangway,” “Learning at RUC 21st century workshops,” and we will also discuss possible future projects in collaboration with Experimentarium, BiMus, Roskilde Museum, and DigHumLab.
We are still waiting with bated breath for the answer to our Marie Curie application.
This Wednesday we will meet and brainstorm to answer the question: Is visualization a theme of relevance to our interdisciplinary collaboration involving Computer Science, Performance design and Communication studies?