Interactive works

What will they think of us?

Created by Melanie Akoka, Carlos Johns-Dávila, Clara Dubau, and Ryan Grippi

May, 2021

Born from a state of isolation, this experience invites the user into a cloud of memories that get distorted and augmented with recreations of the past. Guided by an unfamiliar voice, the viewer is asked to make sense of the images before them. Could these memories have once been their own? As the memories distort it pushes a further question of how this current moment will be placed in time. It challenges the user to ask the question: What Will They Think of Us?

Special thanks to Volumetric Performance Toolbox.

A Visit to Vilcanota

A Visit to Vilcanota is an online performance playground built in Spoke and presented on Mozilla Hubs. Our virtual environment takes place on a 3D scan of a fictional Andean gathering space made up of found objects and cultural artifacts: Peruvian textile, a chess board, and a Peruvian flute.  

 

The performance was created using the Volumetric Performance Kit by Valencia James and Glowbox.io in a residency at Eyebeam in February 2021. 

 

Movement and choreography by Terri Ayanna Wright and original composition using Peruvian flute and electronics and design by Carlos Johns-Dávila.

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for best experience use headphones and laptop.

Use arrow keys to move

Duende

is a live video opera by Carla Canales and Carlos Johns-Dávila exploring paradigms of cultural identity through Spanish poetry. The two Latin American collaborators use text from Federico García Lorca's “Canciones Españoles Antiguas” to connect characteristics of duende and reinterpret songs involving human relationships and desire.

The visual treatment by Johns-Dávila involves real-time control and reliable interactivity, in the spirit of spontaneous creation and utilizing the raw and ethereal power of duende. The system used to illustrate the text will synthesize audio and visual components against a spatial layer of interactivity by the performer. Such framework welcomes improvisation as a method of navigation to discover her “duende”, including a depth camera and several programming languages to multiple layers of video, in order to reveal the concept.

 

Each iteration of the work will be unique to the performance space while maintaining a minimal set up for any sized venue. This design accommodates non-traditional performance spaces and allows opera to be accessible to a wider variety of concert-goers and pedestrians. Our goal in every performance is to evoke the duende within our audiences, especially those of younger generations who identify across multiple cultural backgrounds through hybrid genres of art

process

Clips from experiments in Isadora to creative live interactive video performances.