Attakkalari Centre for Motion Arts in partnership with the Swiss Arts Council Professional Helvetia organised a 11-day workshop (from November 16 to 26) on mild design and interactive stage applied sciences carried out by Swiss multi-disciplinary artist Jonathan O’Hear.
Jonathan’s works have been showcased on the CCS – Paris, Musée Tinguely – Basel, Villa Bernasconi – Geneva, Fonderie Kugler – Geneva, Médiathèque de Biarritz, Fluxum – Geneva, Analix Perpetually – Geneva, CAC – Geneva (with Ensemble Vide), Max Mueller – Delhi (with Mandeep Raikhy), and the Science artwork gallery – Dublin.
His works are on the confluence of artwork and know-how. As an example, on the finish of 2017, he launched the Dai mission, which entails an Synthetic Intelligence robotic that learns artwork.
The workshop at Attakkalari Centre for Motion Arts in Bengaluru, he says, was about utilizing interactive know-how in performing arts. “I wished to share details about know-how that may really be used right here. Typically I’ve seen different individuals do nice workshops on know-how that’s accessible within the Western nations however should not so accessible right here. I wished to deal with DIY (Do It Your self) tech, which is the core of my observe. For instance, if you wish to transfer a shadow on the stage with a trackpad, you’ll be able to construct that utilizing DIY tech.”
Jonathan additionally answered different questions on how know-how impacts artwork.
Q / The event of know-how in cinema over the previous few many years – for example, 3D movies or IMAX projection – have been strikingly seen. What have been the key technological developments with regards to the stage?
Proper now, the most important factor that’s occurred is the arrival of LED lighting. Lots of people are upset about it. As a result of the [traditional] tungsten halogen mild is a bit just like the solar – it goes from a whitish mild and fades right into a crimson. There’s one thing very natural, one thing very shut, that resonates with a human being. When the LEDs got here, they pale one color down and there was no change in color. In case you’re attempting to make use of new know-how in the best way you had been utilizing conventional know-how, you then’re all the time going to be at struggle with it. Now we have to determine how we will use it.
One other factor that’s slowly getting its approach into theatre is interactive know-how. Now we have sensors and cameras that may detect and seize motion on the stage and manipulate the lighting accordingly. A single digital camera utilizing an AI neural community mannequin will have the ability to do this. It’s tough to hire this form of gadget in India. With an open-source neighborhood, nevertheless, you could possibly really construct your personal DIY gadget only for about $200.
Q / What does the long run maintain?
I don’t suppose anyone actually is aware of what the long run holds. Expertise appears to evolve exponentially. The longer term goes to be extra about how we use the know-how. As an example, Synthetic Intelligence goes to play a significant half in nearly each side of life. We’re on the cusp of one thing unimaginable. In one other three years or so, with AI, you’ll be able to generate digital areas and digital realities by means of your personal phrases. For instance, you say, ‘I’m sitting within the kitchen’ and you may generate a kitchen. In 10 years or so, we’ll most likely have an improvised theatre, the place one prompts units utilizing 3D projection mapping strategies.
Q / We have already got DALL-E, which generates digital photographs based mostly on our descriptions. So, can artwork be made with out people?
The AI mannequin (like DALL-E) isn’t producing artwork, it’s simply producing an picture. It doesn’t care. It doesn’t have a consciousness. It wouldn’t do something if we didn’t need it to. So, people do artwork. AI doesn’t wish to do something. We practice these AI fashions utilizing information units of photographs. As an alternative of worrying about if AI can change or steal our creativity, we must be extra involved with how it’s changing individuals in workplaces.
Q / Digital Actuality is steadily rising as effectively. When it’s absolutely unleashed, wouldn’t it make dwell performances like theatre out of date?
When the digital camera arrived, individuals mentioned, ‘It’s the tip of portray and portraiture artwork as a result of cameras can now take photos.’ However portray and portraiture developed into artwork types. When cinema got here, individuals thought it was the tip of theatre. But it surely wasn’t. When digital Metaverses come, we’re afraid that reveals are going to be in that area and that we gained’t want people anymore. I’m guessing you already know, theatre goes to outlive all of this. Expertise can really deliver again a few of the misplaced artwork types. Storytelling, for example. Think about – with digital actuality, you’ll be able to inform a narrative which can concurrently materialise across the individuals.