VIRTUAL CROSSINGS BUENOS AIRES – GENEVA (2020)

Gilles Jobin - Edgardo Mercado

International collaborative project

Virtual Crossings is an international digital project aiming at connecting simultaneously clusters of artists to collaborate remotely on digital and movement related art projects and research. 

At a time when travel restrictions have become a norm it makes sense to study new virtual spaces and create a pipeline of production and remote collaboration between “clusters” of artists and technicians involving movement, motion capture and digital arts. Cie Gilles Jobin wishes to share its expertise, tools and skills, based on movement and immersive technologies and learn from collaborations. 

The aim of Virtual Crossings is to create accessible artistic and technical virtual collaborations to promote creation and research between digital artists and developers  from different parts of the world and with similar creative interests. 

Virtual Crossings Buenos Aires – Geneva

Virtual Crossings Buenos Aires-Geneva offers gather, in a virtual space, two dancers in Buenos Aires and a dancer in Geneva in the studio of Cie Gilles Jobin.

Thanks to the animation of each performer’s avatars and real-time motion capture techniques, they connect and dance together, in the same virtual space, in real time, even if they are separated by thousands of kilometers. This first project made it possible to consolidate the link between the Argentinian “cluster” and the Swiss “cluster”. 

This exploration between the different aspects of movement in virtual and real spaces resulted in a public show at the Cultural San Martin during the Noviembre Electronico 2020 , as a video projection installation on two screens, set behind the Argentinian dancers, who dance in real time and connected to our dancer in our Geneva studios and a second public show in February 2021 during the Festival Internacional de los artes de Buenos Aires (FIBA).

Credits

Artistic Directors Edgardo Mercado – Gilles Jobin – Damián Turkieh

Production Geneva Cie Gilles Jobin
Dancer Susana Panadés Diaz
Creative Director and Technologist Camilo de Martino
Lead 3D Artist Tristan Siodlak
Developer Pierre-Igor Berthet
Motion Capture Hugo Cahn
Real Time Motion Capture Cie Gilles Jobin

Production Buenos Aires Edgardo Mercado
Dancers María Kuhmichel, Mariela Puyol
Live Music Kchi Homeless
Creative Director Damián Turkieh
Motion Capture Damián Turkieh, Ariel Azcurra
Video Technician Nicolás Salguero 
Technical Production Realidad 360 Argentina

Supported by Pro Helvetia South America and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
This play had, in its initial stage, the support of the H2O Prize, the collaboration of Dr. Daniel de Florian and Noviembre Electrónico, from Cultural San Martín.

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Tour

2021
27-28 February : El Cultural San Martin, Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires – FIBA, Argentina

2020
27-28 November : El Cultural San Martin, Noviembre Electrónico 2020, Argentina