Given the mud

• immersive interactive video-sound installations controlled by hand and body gestures

presentation formats:
• interior gallery exhibition with 12 m (39 ft) wide 6K video projection and 4 channel interactive audio
• exterior architectural projection up to 100 x 30 m (330 x 100 ft) 6K video projection with or without 4 channel interactive audio

Don Ritter, 2020

Given the mud enables the public to participate as symbolic characters within a surrealistic narrative of flowing substances. One character wears a gas mask, and the other two have a water-wheel or small gas burner for a head. Up to three persons can simultaneously use hand and body gestures to direct their characters to fly or walk within a large projected environment of mud.

Given the mud provides an aesthetic environment of relationships that flow between the participants, objects and substances depicted visually and metaphorically. Participants can influence the position, orientation, and shape of their own character, the other characters and the various objects in the environments. Navigation by the participants is accomplished without any sensing devices attached to their bodies. The visual features of Given are a combination of human-made and natural, prehistoric and contemporary, and phenomenological and metaphorical.

link to Given series of installations


Don Ritter                 concept and production
Luna Leung              primary production assistant

video shoot assistants
                                  Ken Davy
                                  Dan Richardson     

motion testing dancers
                                  Dahlia Caro                             
                                  Lucy Fandel                                    
                                  Luna Leung

Technologies within Given include natural user interfaces, full-body motion tracking, motion recording and playback, artificial intelligence, interactive 3D animation, inverse kinematics, 6K interactive multi-channel video, multi-channel interactive audio, and video projection mapping and blending.

Don Ritter acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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