Woody Vasulka

Theatre of Hybrid Automata

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CLIENT: Art and Exhibitions Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
1994

An interactive sound-picture-automata installation that deals with two aspects of space: the real and present situation of the stage and the data-based virtual world.

In his installation, Vasulka refers to the classical functions of the theatre, however, he extends the stage to cater for an interactive discourse between man and machine. The pan/tilt/rotate camera head built by Vasulka himself, is, at this time, the most advanced piece of robotic used to construct this newly created dramatic space.

A second instrument, the binaural microphone system, allows a confrontation between an existing acoustic room and its synthetic model. This environment explores the possibilities of the mutual penetration of the different sensual worlds, of the subjective and objective experience and of the real with the fantastic.

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