The interplay of immersive arts and media was examined in the “Immersive Arts” programme at re:publica TEN’s labore:tory. Speakers presented their experiments and research from the interfaces of performance, theatre, literature, film, internet and technology.
“Immersion” was one of the main buzzwords at the 10th re:publica and refers to diving into an experience and becoming one with your surrounding and situation. Virtual reality and augmented reality are at the forefront of immersive technologies. However, the arts and culture have also been contemplating immersive experiences, especially when it comes to production methods.
Day 2 at labore:tory, the experimentation space for culture production and technology at re:publica, was dedicated to “Immersive Arts” and the search for new possibilities, new forms of work and interpretations of new and innovative technologies.
Andreas Gebhard welcomed the audience together with Julian Kamphausen (Performing Arts Programm Berlin). Julian Kamphausen joined Tina Pfurr (Ballhaus Ost) in guiding the day’s event programme – a gesture which highlights the shared interests of digital media and stage performance.
In the day’s first talk on how artists and business founders can work together (“Start-up! Wie KünstlerInnen und GründerInnen zusammenarbeiten können”), Thea Dymke (Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien) and Jeanne Charlotte Vogt (NODE Forum for Digital Arts) discussed the need for closer cooperation between the digital creative industry and artists. How can results-orientated work methods join ones where clear results or objectives are not central? The talk highlighted areas where these seemingly opposite poles actually share commonalities and support each other.
Tools for Action: protest training with “Inflatables”Artist and activist Artúr von Balen from Tools for Action looked at immersive arts from a practical and participative approach. Tools for Action produce inflatable paving stones for use in political protests. According to Artúr, art can be faster and more inclusive in activating people as opposed to more traditional protests planned by political groups. The potentials of inflatable objects had already been explored during several environment conferences. Their inflatables were able to corral a huge group of people and get them moving within seconds. Tools for Action also invited the audience to take part in their workshop later that day in the re:lax area. The workshop was an action-training with silver inflatables, which are planned to be used for the Antifa demonstration in Dortmund in June.