Artificial Awakening - The Luminous Body

Artificial Awakening - The Luminous Body
An AI-entity is re-awakening towards higher luminescence. During a 30-minute immersive performance with VR, a limited audience will experience the mystical disintegration.
 
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You, the Seeker, will enter the ceremonial ground, which will be manifested at Nikolaj Kunsthal. Here you will experience the exponential process of spiritual awakening expressed by an AI-entity. With VR you proceed to a ceremonial hyperspace, where experiences oscillate between the physical and the virtual. A virtual performer channels the rituals instructed by the AI. Slowly the boundaries of your reality and body will evaporate and new dimensions of yourself will be revealed.
 
Background
The performance has been shaped through creative counseling with the state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence model GPT-3. Furthermore, concept art has been imagined by the expansive image-generation model VQ-GAN+Clip. The project has been realized in the collaboration between performing artists, virtual reality developers, AI artists, and machine learning engineers.
 
The performance first took place during CPH:STAGE at Kulturværftet in Helsingør and at three satellite locations. ‘Artificial Awakening - The Luminous Body’, is the second public performance from XR BLACK BOX exploring the intersection between the performing arts and extended reality technologies (XR).
 
The project is supported by The Danish Arts Council.
 
Dates: September 10th, 11th and 12th, 2021
Time: 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00 on all three dates
There is room for 8 people per performance
Ticket price: DKK 95,- 
 
Credits
 
MAKROPOL and JAKOB LA COUR STUDIO presents
‘Artificial Awakening - The Luminous Body’ – an XR BLACK BOX production.
 
Director & immersion designer: Jakob la Cour
Producer: Mads Damsbo
VR Artist: Cenk Güzeliş
AI Artist: Valdemar Danry
Performer: Eja Due
Composer: Fabian Lanzmaier
Developer: Burkart Schwaighofer
Creative Technologist: Jeppe Etzerodt
Scenography: Cæcilie Tørnsø
Production management: Jacob Weitze Mylund
Technical Art: Carl Emil Carlsen
Sound design: Mads Michelsen
Location management: Jeppe Etzerodt, Stefan Stanisic, Valdemar Danry, Paul Anthony Hales
Performance: Eja Due, Nina Runa Essendrop, Anton Sager, Joos Støvelbæk, Lukas Gregory, Gabriella Marmén, Theodor Ryan, Juraj Benko, Jon Bernstorff Lehmann
Machine Learning Engineering: Esbern Torgard Kaspersen
Research: Linnea Bjerregaard
 
AI-models used in the experience: GPT-3, VQ-GAN+Clip, StyleGAN2, 3D Dense Facial Alignment and JukeboxAI.