GMU:Human and Nonhuman Performances II SS16

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Projektmodul M.F.A
Lecturer: Ursula Damm
Credits: 18 ECTS, 16 SWS
Date: Mi, 9.15 bis 12.30
Venue: Digital Bauhaus Lab, Performance Plattform
First meeting: 12.04.2016

 This is the course for the summer semester 2016. 
 The page for the previous course can be found here.


  Please send a motivation letter before April 8th, 2016 to ursula.damm [ät]

To: ursula.damm [ät]
Subject: Human and Nonhuman Performances (MFA) /// Application

  • Your motivation to join the course
  • Name, Surname
  • program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
  • matriculation number (Matrikelnummer)
  • Valid email address


In this course students will work with our Performance Platform to develop interfaces and experiments with motion capture and people tracking. The outcomes of this work will be presented during the Summary.

Participants in this course must follow the Digital Puppetry Lab which is a mandatory introduction to the platform where they learn how to properly handle our equipment. Further, they must attend at least one other GMU course such as (In)visible Networks, Biolectronics, Computing with Thread, Sensor HackLab, etc.

Students are also welcome to experiment with amoebas in our DIY Biolab - for this, participation in Biolectronics Werkmodul is mandatory.

How can we broaden our experience of communication between humans, animals and things through the use of experimental objects, arrangements and interfaces?

We will offer the opportunity to continue projects from the last semester.


Das Projekt bietet die Möglichkeit, eigene Interfaces in Experimenten mit Motion Capture bzw. People Tracking einzusetzen und diese zur summaery als Performance aufzuführen. Verbindlich ist ein Einführungskurs in die Bedienung der Plattform sowie die Teilnahme an Fachmodulen der Professur (z.B. (in)visible network,computing with thread u.a.) zum Erwerb der notwendigen Techniken. Alternativ können synthetische Habitate mit Amöben in unserem DIY Biolab exploriert werden. Hierfür ist die Belegung des Moduls Bioelectronics voraussetzung. Wie können wir über experimentelle Objekte, Anordungen und Interfaces ein vielfältiges Erleben zwischen Menschen, Tieren und Dingen erlangen? Es besteht die Möglichkeit, Installationen aus dem vorigen Semester fortzusetzen.


  • Kan Feng. 25th of May. Abacus
  • Ji Xiang Jiang. 1st June. Iannis Xenakis
  • Di Yang. 1st June. Games including Journey
  • Xiangzhen Fan. 1st June. Ars Electronica and cyber arts catalogs
  • Qianqian Li. 1st June. Poetic lines
  • Yun Liu. 1st June. Prince Mio
  • Rachel Smith. 8th June
  • Shih Li. 8th June. Interactive audiovisual performance
  • Christian Doeller. 15th of June. Instruction based software art
  • Yuxin Tan. 15th June. Physical engines
  • Junyuan Wu. 15th June. On Growth and Form
  • Shuyan Chen. 22nd of June. Bagua(eight trigrams)
  • Adnan 22nd of June. Manix de nix
  • Aline. Wearable computing/textiles




Video lectures


Basic texts

Student projects