Ringside, a communal experience
Recording for Ringside simply places the two eyes of its 180º stereoscopic camera in the middle of the front row to film continuously everything in the performance that takes place in front of it. Those who watch the performance subsequently through VR headsets decide where to look – and even to dodge out of the way when things come close. The 3D is so compelling that the viewer can feel kinaesthetic empathy, the fundamental element of communication that defines dance performance.
At Aerowaves, Enya Belak and Igor Crnković (Pilot Media) together with some of our partners and artists are researching the possibilities of filming dance in Virtual Reality as a way of documenting work – as opposed to creating work specially for this technology. Far from trying to replace physical and live performance, the project is driven by the question: can we feel kinaesthetic empathy through VR?
Our partners in this project are: Igor & Moreno (Sardina, Italy), the Croatian Cultural Centre (Rijeka, Croatia), En-Knap Španski Borci Cultural Centre (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Tanec Praha (Prague, Czech Republic), SKCNS (Novi Sad, Serbia) and Workshop Foundation (Budapest, Hungary).
The works are only presented digitally through VR recordings. There are no live performances.