Data : Salon XXVII

28 October 2015, 19:00 - 22:00


W.U.R.M. : Escape from a Dying Star, presented by Peter Van Haaften, is a 2-player immersive space survival game.

Humanity has persisted through millennia on solar collection techniques and atomic reconfiguration technology, but none of this can protect us from the collapse of our only viable power source: the Sun. In W.U.R.M., every remaining planetary body in our solar system has been mined to construct an inter-galactic relay pod for each citizen alive today. While not perfect, nor entirely safe, it is the only way yet known to escape the impending supernova.

Using wearable electronics and a generative audiovisual system, players must successfully communicate via radio to correct imbalances in the ship’s navigational systems and reach Gliese 581-c: humanity's new home, just 20 light years from Earth. Projection mapping, a life-size foam spaceship with cockpit controls, a transducer-activated pilot seat to simulate wormhole turbulence, algorithmic music, generative visuals and real-time cooperative player communication combine to realize the familiar childhood dream of space travel.

Developed in collaboration with Mónica Rikić, Jessica Blanchet, Grayson Earle, and Dawn Hang Yue Wong.

Puntito Machine, by Pipo Pierre-Louis, is an audiovisual performance that explores the behavior of the individual in society.

Using a digitally-enhanced machine that evokes an industrial device, PIPO aims, in a poetic metaphor, to render perceptible a subject that remains a priori hardly comprehensible. The work exploits the forms and symbols that refer to our individuality and interactions. Light and shadows cast from the machine, electroacoustic sounds controlled in real time oscillate from the personal to the collective, the internal to the peripheral, the singular to the plural, via geometric aesthetic and symbolic motifs, repetitive and circular. The introspective dimension of the subject is also being challenged in the heart of the piece, as opposed to the existence of the individual in society.


28 October 2015, 19:00 - 22:00