Lucy Pawlak and The Institute of Immaterialism present:
Arriving Without Leaving (Guaranteed Happy Ending) Researching critical distance in augmented reality, a live videoconference event co-hosted by Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole, Toronto.
Wednesday March 27, 2013 - 6:30pm / 9pm Toronto, 8pm - 10pm Fogo
Art Metropole, 1490 Dundas Street West
em>Augmented reality has a special kind of darkness, for (as with consciousness itself), how can we see it if we see right through it?
Arriving Without Leaving explores strategies for collectively breaking down and reconstructing the architectures of transmission, the production of space and the scripting of experience. Working with the apparatus, this event combines audiovisual technologies with the concept of transception (transmission and reception) to create a Brechtian Verfremdungseffekt / distancing effect - "Being" at one remove) from the immersive technologies themselves. An arrangement of reflexive critical discussion will swing between immersion and estrangement to produce a "Third Space" beyond the screen.
ACT 1 - PRESENTATION "Arriving Without Leaving (Guaranteed Happy Ending)". This augmented telepresent zone, shot entirely from your Point Of View (P.O.V.), uses the format of a Choose Your Own Adventure story to explore sensations of remoteness and presence. Featuring an "interactive" romantic encounter with an Artist-in-Residence (AiR) on a far-flung island, the work deploys multi-modal five-sense stimulation, facilitating full immersion in a unified and coherent experience designed by Lucy Pawlak.
ACT 2 - FORUM discussing augmented realities and immaterial forces shaping our lives via a remote third space. In this forum between Fogo Island and Toronto, each group will transmit contributions to an actor/avatar in a remote third space projected into each auditorium. Thus, the actual conversation between the two groups will be performed by their on screen avatars.
ACT 3 - DEBRIEF Post-forum forum - direct line videoconference between two spaces:
Art Metropole and Fogo Island Film House.