This is a nice Hack for the Arduino and can maybe use for our costume. 🙂
This three times two-day workshop is guided by Julia Hahn a freelance theatre pedagogue. She will introduce us to several theatre techniques that may help us to develop & evaluate our costume ideas. Julia will inspire us to act out our ideas actively instead of just developing a design & tech concept theoretically.
Design Acting I: April 25th & 26th 2014
Design Acting II: May 30th & 31st 2014
Design Acting III: July 4th & 5th 2014
Interaction Design, Prof. Wolfgang Sattler, Faculty of Art &Design
Human-Computer Interaction, Prof. Dr. Eva Hornecker, Faculty of Media
Virtual Reality Systems, Prof. Dr. Bernd Fröhlich, Faculty of Media
iLuminate is an American dance & music show performed in the dark. The dancers wear black costumes that are covered by dozens of LEDs.
Their concept is to simulate the movement of a jelly fish via sensing the breath of the dancer & based on that illuminating his/her clothes. Furthermore, they show us how they build the costume & what technologies they finally integrated in their prototype.
The Brooklyn Ballet recently started a funding project in order to build interactive tutus.
This picture shows an interactive costume of a performance about metamorphosis. The dialogue between the two performers has been visualized through light patterns that appeared at the back of both. For more information see the creator’s website: http://half-half.es/interactive-design/intcost/
The task is to observe an actor/actress & his/her costume during a play. That shall help to develop a feeling for the meaning of costumes on theatre stages & to outline what distinguishes such a costume from everyday clothes.
With other words, our main goal is to understand what a costume defines & how it characterizes a figure on the stage.
Next to a description of the context, our specific questions to answer are:
- What is the costume? Which impression does it create?
- How is the development of the costume during the piece? How does it change in relation to the actor’s/actress’ role?
- How underlines the costume the the role the actor/actress is playing? How supports it the actor/actress? What other support is needed?
- How influences the costume the posture & movement of the actor/actress?
- How interacts the actor/actress with his/her costume?
Our approach is doing a direct observation in the field* as we went one-time group-wise to the theater house in Jena – some teams watched Delirious Jena and some visited the piece Die Disziplinaranstalt. Every team consisting of three students followed one actor/actress during the play & observed his/her role with focus on the costume worn in order to answer the questions & goals described above. Before that, we asked the stuff of the theatre house for the permission to take recordings (notes & photos) during the pieces.
After the observation students have analyzed & presented their observations group-wise. Please see their results under the following posts in this category.
*cp. Yvonne Rogers et al Interaction design : beyond human-computer interaction. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley, 2011. p. 248 ff.