Author: Saburo Teshigawara
Production: EPIDEMIC, Paris
Developed with Volker Kuchelmeister
Conceived for Re-ACTOR, Double District places a dance performance inside the hexagonal container of screens that comprise the projection system. For this project, I provided an artistic/technical contribution based on my previous stereo film work in developing The Virtual Room. Covered from six points of view in stereo, the duet performance by Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato is viewable ‘in the round’. Filmed using UNSW iCinema Centre’s panoramic cluster video camera Spherecam, reconfigured to be a panoptic capture system from six stereo viewpoints.
Double District extends the ideas of Re-ACTOR and The Virtual Room for the containment of life-size real-world documentation. Correctly captured footage of dance and theatre performances are ideal for the real-world scale of Re-ACTOR. The audience can always see ‘behind’ the dancers, looking through the performance without being distracted by visitors on the other side of the Re-ACTOR. Thus, the theatre of the virtual remains intact—the artist can create works seen from 360 degrees at full scale and with full control over every aspect of the scene.