Hybrid Real Stages

Spatial Encounters – musical-virtual interactions

In the artistic-experimental research project “Spatial Encounters”, we are addressing the question of how virtual reality can create hybrid-real stages in which artists and audiences meet and become both actors and designers of a co-created experience.

In an experimental approach, we are developing possible answers together with violinist David Wedel (concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra). With virtual reality glasses, we are immersing ourselves in digital worlds: together with the audience, we are improvising a virtual spatial and musical experience. Through their movements and their relationships in the space, up to 9 visitors create a new visual scenery. As a musician, David Wedel interprets the resulting virtual space sculpture and reacts to the proximity and distance of the actors. But who is actually reacting to whom? Are we creating a new kind of musical encounter together?

The hybrid-real musical encounter “Spatial Encounters” celebrated its premiere on 27 & 28 August 2021 as part of the Thuringian Chamber Music Festival at Volkenroda Monastery.

The entire programme: https://www.sommerkonzerte-volkenroda.de

News about the project

Quickly explained: VR content – pre-produced versus real-time rendered, passive versus interactive?!

The types of content that can be presented and experienced in virtual reality are diverse and very different – we provide an overview.

Quickly explained: What? How? Web XR?

WebXR – what is that actually and how does it work? We use this technology for several of our digital.DTHG prototypes – here we explain what it is.  

THINK Hybrid Spaces – Experimental Dinner between Real and Digital on 21.10.21

On October 21, 2021, our project leaders Franziska Ritter and Pablo Dornhege discussed about HYBRID SPACES at the intersection between games and theater and cooked simultaneously at THINK Hybrid Spaces at the DE:HIVE Research Center for Games at HTW Berlin.

Quickly explained: Do you have a clear view? Hygiene, care and maintenance of VR glasses

A VR headset gets to know a lot of faces and noses in the course of its operating life. Therefore, proper handling and care is important – we give you basic tips here:

Hybrid real stages?

In our project “Hybrid-real stages” we investigate with the VR experience “Spatial Encounters” to what extent the linking of a real/physical with a digital/immaterial space can be used as a design tool and enable completely new experiential spaces.

Premiere Spatial Encounters at the Summer Concerts Volkenroda

The VR Experience “Spatial Encounters” celebrated its premiere in the Thuringian monastery Volkenroda on August 27 and 28, 2021 and set experimental and virtual accents in the context of the Summer Concert Festival!

digital.DTHG at the summer concerts Volkenroda

Save the date: We will celebrate the premiere of the VR installation “Spatial Encounters” on August 27, 2021 at the summer concerts in Volkenroda! In this digital experiment, musicians and audience alike become actors, creating a shared encounter space in virtual reality (VR).

Kick-off workshop and prototype development

An interdisciplinary kick-off workshop entitled “IM/MATERIAL THEATRE SPACES” took place in spring 2019 at the TU Berlin under the direction of Franziska Ritter and Pablo Dornhege.

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