The Wooster Group: There is Still Time.. Brother :: Directed by Liz LeCompte - Developed with Jeffrey Shaw for his interactive panoramic cinema.
There is Still Time.. Brother is a commission for an installation that consists of an interactive projection for a 360° screen. The commission is rooted in the recording of a Wooster Group performance developed specifically to be viewed as a projection on a 360° screen. The video is revealed by way of a window that scans around the screen, never showing the whole of the projection at once. The window is controlled by an audience member or performer who selects which part of the 360° video to reveal at any given time. However, it is clear that the sections of the video that are revealed are all unfolding in one, continuous 360° space and that there is some kind of linear timeline to the sections of the performance that we are watching unfold.
This piece challenges the notions of linear narrative in theater or film by creating a time-based theatrical experience that can be experienced in a new way each time it is “performed” by the individual controlling the interface which dictates that which we see and hear in the immersive space of spacialized sound and projection. The viewer is involved in an immersive process of discovery where their chosen point of view creates the dramaturgy of the piece and literally activates the story.
It will have its European premiere at the ZKM in Karlsrhue Germany (December 2007). Commissioned by EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [USA]. Produced by EMPAC together with the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research [AUS], and the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media [D] and in collaboration with The Wooster Group. With support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.
Workspace Unlimited’s They Watch is also a commission for the 360° screen or other immersive projection space. Using a modified computer game engine, artificial intelligence, and an immersive projection environment, They Watch creates an ambiguous hybrid space where the virtual blends with the real, and where encounters with simulated characters challenge our ideas of presence, place, perception and identity.
Workspace Unlimited is an internationally renowned collective that creates virtual worlds and interactive installations at the point where art, architecture and digital technologies converge.