VIRTUAL CROSSINGS (2021)

Gilles Jobin

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
Co-production Geneva
La Comédie de Genève
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.
Virtual Crossings is part of the IDFA DocLab R&D Program

PRESS

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

Virtual Crossings Melbourne – Geneva – Auckland

How do we build choreographic systems for dancing with those we cannot touch?

In a world in which the medium of a mask and the interface of a screen are omnipresent, touching at a distance becomes a choreographic problem. Developing tools to navigate a touchless habitat engages actions of crossing thresholds – between physical and virtual, distant and near – from the perspective of cellular bodies hardwired for touch. Virtual Crossings Melbourne – Geneva – Auckland is a network of artists engaged in cultivating distant touch through remote collaboration. Initiated and operated by Cie Gille Jobin Geneva, this new inter-disciplinary network engages partners in Melbourne, Geneva and Auckland for simultaneous remote performance and research through a virtual architecture embodied through motion capture technology. Virtual Crossings Melbourne mobilises soma-technic states as new spaces for dance to travel safely and with minimal impact.

CREDITS

Production Geneva Cie Gilles Jobin 
Co-prodution Geneva City of Geneva
Artistic director and choreographer Gilles Jobin
Lead dance artist Susana Panadés Diaz 
Creative director and technologist Camilo de Martino 
Lead 3D artist Tristan Siodlak
Developer and technical artist Pierre-Igor Berthet
Technical director and motion capture Hugo Cahn – Cie Gilles Jobin
Administrator Gonzague Bochud
Assistant Laura Babaci
Motion capture camera Qualisys Motion capture Systems 

Virtual Crossings is part of the IDFA DocLab R&D Program

Trans -Tasman Partners
Choreographer in Residence VCA Dance Victoria Chiu
Head of VCA Dance & Research Carol Brown
Digital Architect arc/sec lab NZ Yinan Liu
TrakLAB Researcher VCA Megan Beckwith
Technologist Sam McGlip 
Dancers Isabelle Beauverd, Ben Hurley
VCA Dance Students Tai Platania, Alison Tong

The TrakLAB Studio is based on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the VCA and the Conservatorium of Music.