installations
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GIVEN

• series of five immersive interactive video-sound installations controlled by hand and body gestures
• 6K video projection with 4 channel interactive audio, variable size

Don Ritter, 2020

Given enables the public to participate as symbolic characters within five chapters of a surrealistic narrative. One character wears a gas mask, another has a water-wheel for a head, and the third has a 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 large projected environments of flowing substances:

Given the water: participants and objects interact within a projected environment of water
Given the mud: participants and objects interact within a projected environment of mud
Given the plants: participants and objects interact within a projected environment of plants
Given the fire: participants and objects interact within a projected environment of fire
Given the smoke: participants and objects interact within a projected environment of smoke



visualization of Given the smoke as an architectural projection / media facade
 
 
Given the water
 
Given the mud
 
 
Given the plants
 
 
Given the fire
 
 
Given the smoke
 

Given 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: frame structures, fences, spinning blades, gas burners and air vents. 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.

exhibition configurations:
1. exterior architectural projection with interactivity: video and sound (optional) controlled by public
2. exterior architectural projection without interactivity and sound (optional)
3. interior gallery installation with interactivity: video and sound controlled by public
4. interior gallery installation without interactivity


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


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


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