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Empty Mind

Empty Mind
VISI.ON.AIR Live: performance
by researchers of MAXlab and CREATIE

Over the past year, several digital, artistic initiatives developed at a fast pace. From recreating digital twins of expositions and festivals, over art installations in Mozilla Hubs to performances in Gather.town. Most of these virtual initiatives have one clear common factor though: they are almost exact virtual copies of their physical, analogue format.
 
Our goal was to research and modify existing, open-source digital art platforms, while artistically focusing on interdisciplinary, digital content with an autonomous virtual experience. Virtual art will determine the foundation of a new hybrid, digital art form, consisting of music, dance and spoken word in a virtual setting, and will open a door for new possibilities regarding artistic creation, experience, and distribution. 
 
During ARTICULATE, we will present the hybrid performance of Wim Henderickx’ ‘Empty Mind’ for flutes, live electronics and live visuals at the Wintertuin of the Royal Academy for Fine Arts Antwerpen and online. The flutist will perform the piece in a motion capture suit. The movements of the performer will create the virtual surroundings in real time, while the virtual audience can interact and influence the scope of the performance.
 
Kristof Timmerman (concept and artistic direction), Ine Vanoeveren (concept and performer), Max Schweder (technical director, digital art), Wim Henderickx (composer, live electronics), Janna Beck (graphic design), Studio Plankton (3D graphic design), Naoto Hiedo & Kristof Overdulve (platform & UI development), Lowie Spriet, Olivier Du Four & Arafa Yoncalik (development assistance), Wes Nijssen (assistance Motion Capturing), Tom Dietvorst (livestream, tech support), Jorrit Tamminga (live electronics)
 
This project has been developed with a DARIAH-EU grant and is the start of ‘Sense of Wonder’, the joint research project of MAXlab and CREATIE.
With support of the Immersive Lab of AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts.