Into the Midst (2012)
Into the Midst is a five-day collaborative research-creation workshop in the SATosphere, the Society for Art and Technology’s interactive immersive projection environment. The workshop will feature hands-on experimentation toward exploring the potential for this environment to host the emergence of new forms of experience. The experimentation will be accompanied by explorations in the philosophy of experience aimed at fashioning a vocabulary adequate to the emergent immersive potential. Key issues the workshop will address are: how interactive live movement within the space can modulate the experience of the projected space (and vice versa) in ways that alter habitual modes of perception; how the relationship between inside and outside spaces might be modulated, using the SAT building and its immediate urban surroundings as raw material; how frustrations of expectations regarding the responsiveness of interactive systems might lead, positively, to new qualities of aesthetic experience. The workshop will be preceded by group discussions and preparatory work using online collaborative tools. The results of the workshop will be presented performatively to the pubic in the SATosphere. The workshop is collectively led and organized by the the SenseLab network.