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The Player
Characteristics / Always curious, an open look. Quick gaze and active movements. A social playful way of meeting new people, but never in an intimate way. The Player…is always looking for opportunities…is always ”one ahead”, more or less clever…sees the world as a game. Of risks, of intuition.

One of the movies in work-in-progress app WanderLost invite participants to a journey in an urban landscape. We meet four characters – The Flaneur, The Vagabond, The Player, The Tourist – guides to the exploration of Kødbyen in central Copenhagen. The app will be implemented summer 2016. More on the app Wanderlost >>>

Credits /
The Flaneur / Christian Van Schijndel – The Tourist / Halla Katla
The Vagabond / Jørgen Callesen – The Player / Marika Kajo

All characters are inspired by the essay ”From Pilgrim to Tourist – or a Short History of Identity” by Zygmunt Bauman

Concept / Michael Johansson, Thore Soneson
Director / Thore Soneson / soneson.se
Costume designers / Christian Van Schijndel, Jørgen Callesen / Warehouse9

 

 

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The Vagabond
Characteristics / Self centered, independent gaze. Friendly but always with a guarded attitude. Proud. Strong. A worker. The Vagabond…is the stranger, he can never settle down…has no set destination. Unpredictable, free-roaming…each place for him is a stopover.

One of the movies in work-in-progress app WanderLost invite participants to a journey in an urban landscape. We meet four characters – The Flaneur, The Vagabond, The Player, The Tourist – guides to the exploration of Kødbyen in central Copenhagen. The app will be implemented summer 2016. More on the app Wanderlost >>>

Credits /
The Flaneur / Christian Van Schijndel – The Tourist / Halla Katla
The Vagabond / Jørgen Callesen – The Player / Marika Kajo

All characters are inspired by the essay ”From Pilgrim to Tourist – or a Short History of Identity” by Zygmunt Bauman

Concept / Michael Johansson, Thore Soneson
Director / Thore Soneson / soneson.se
Costume designers / Christian Van Schijndel, Jørgen Callesen / Warehouse9

 

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The Flaneur
Characteristics / An active gaze, a playful look. Yet with a distance. A wordly spectator, an amusing touch of possible fantasies. The Flaneur…practices the art and act of walking…has all the pleasures of modern life…can have the ultimate freedom and live a life of surfaces.

One of the movies in work-in-progress app WanderLost invite participants to a journey in an urban landscape. We meet four characters – The Flaneur, The Vagabond, The Player, The Tourist – guides to the exploration of Kødbyen in central Copenhagen. The app will be implemented summer 2016.
More on the app Wanderlost and Journey to Abadyl  >>>

Credits /
The Flaneur / Christian Van Schijndel – The Tourist / Halla Katla
The Vagabond / Jørgen Callesen – The Player / Marika Kajo

All characters are inspired by the essay ”From Pilgrim to Tourist – or a Short History of Identity” by Zygmunt Bauman

Concept / Michael Johansson, Thore Soneson
Director / Thore Soneson / soneson.se
Costume designers / Christian Van Schijndel, Jørgen Callesen / Warehouse9

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The Tourist
Characteristics / Open minded and sometimes shameless. Sees the world as a playground. Social on a surface level. The Tourist…is a systematic seeker of experiences…favourite slogan is ”I need more space”…has a home, but is not home-sick.

One of the movies in work-in-progress app WanderLost invite participants to a journey in an urban landscape. We meet four characters – The Flaneur, The Vagabond, The Player, The Tourist – guides to the exploration of Kødbyen in central Copenhagen. The app will be implemented summer 2016. More on the app Wanderlost >>>

Credits /
The Flaneur / Christian Van Schijndel – The Tourist / Halla Katla
The Vagabond / Jørgen Callesen – The Player / Marika Kajo

All characters are inspired by the essay ”From Pilgrim to Tourist – or a Short History of Identity” by Zygmunt Bauman

Concept / Michael Johansson, Thore Soneson
Director / Thore Soneson / soneson.se
Costume designers / Christian Van Schijndel, Jørgen Callesen / Warehouse9

 

WanderLost _ a demo for a location based app

“Walking is a mode of making the world as well as being in it” in “Wanderlust: A History of Walking,” Rebecca Solnit

The app WanderLost invite participants to a journey, a hike in an urban landscape changing according to the participants’ input. We meet four characters – The Stroller, The Vagabond, The Player, The Tourist. They are guides to the exploration of Kødtbyen in central Copenhagen. You can choose to follow their footprints in the area or create your own. Your actions becomes your choices.

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During 2016 PRAMnetMedialab will develop the interactive app WanderLost in collaboration with the University of Kristianstad and the Digital Design program. The focus is on social participation in urban development and social sustainability – democracy as a cultural act. The app can be mapped on different geographic locations; travelling, reflections, consequences and stories about the future / town / democracy can be shared in social and cultural project.

WanderLost is part of the EU-funded project The Journey to Abadyl and will include various forms of challenges and choices that are implemented in the urban space, it will be designed as an interactive game and as a visual experience. WanderLost provides access and co-creation to narrative materials, The Wanderlust Kit, which includes footage and sound, messages and testimonies, parts of a story waiting to be discovered and created by the participants. A story where dreams and ideas of an ideal city is central and can be shared with others.

WanderLost team / PRAMnetMEDIAlab
Jørgen Callesen Artist, curator and artistic director of Warehouse9, Copenhagen
Michael Johansson Senior lecturer in digital media, researcher at the collaborative media lab, Kristianstad university Sweden
Thore Soneson Content producer, scriptwriter, media producer
Marika Kajo HCI Designer, creative storytelling, computer scientist http://pramnet.org/members/

The upcoming three years 2015-2017 Kristianstad University, HKR, will be one of twelve project partners in the EU-financed The People’s Smart Sculpture”. “The overall aim is to explore and document new strategies for involving digital media and Information and Communication Technologies in the development of usercentered culture.”

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Meet the WanderLost guides

Welcome to WANDERLOST ! Discover KØDBYEN !

On the 9th of October Journey to Abadyl made it´s first public appearance in KØDBYEN Copenhagen. We introduced four of our six developed guides; The Vagabond, The Flaneur, The Tourist and The Player as part of the explorative work we will do during the autumn 2015 until april 2016. In this work we try through the perspectives of the guides develop knowledge and insights about KØDBYEN and it´s inhabitants.

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In december 2015 we will be launching four short movies about four of the guiding personas.

Journey to Abadyl

Where there is architecture there is nothing else. And this “Nothing else” is spreading. The built buildings, the laid out streets and marked out parking spaces are not just taking place, they take over the place.”

To encounter today’s European urban complexity means to integrate diverse forms of cultural practice and diverse groups of people into processes for common cultural intangible and tangible results. We see the art project “The city of Abadyl” as a way of knowing the world — a methodology for exploring, understanding, and building human realities. Abadyl is a proposed city, a fantasy, a set of codes and models, a library of artefacts and prototypes and foremost it is it´s co-creators.

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Map of Abadyl

In the  project  “Journey to Abadyl” we set out to create an interactive experience based on a framework of play-rules, fiction and role-taking we call “The Anatomy of Choice”. Here participants are invited to a series of thematic Portals; each bridging from one world to another, from the factual to the fictional, from virtual and the real. Guided and aided by performers in a mixed reality space, participants experience a kind of computer game in a spatial format, linking what we already know and spotting the new.

We ask: What are the qualities at play through history constructing this spaces and who is invited? Our answer is an experience structured as a matrix in which the participants are exposed to distinct choices that include both moral, ethical, and physical dilemmas and challenges.

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Portal sketch in Kødbyen

The Portals will be designed as thematic artistic elements – Ideal Space, The trick of the tale, Wanderlost, “The Residence Table”, People’s Choice, “Try walking in my shoes” – and function as an invitation to participate in the creation of events which can be experienced in the virtual city as well as in the staged events in Kødbyen. In this way people are given the opportunity to reflect on consequences of the growing social media reality seen in relation to the actual physical environment around us. The Portal format allows us to set up interventions and events during the 12th months of the project with different constellations (partners) and on different locations in Kødbyen. The culmination of the event will be the interactive performance event “Journey to Abadyl” in late 2017 where material from the Portals will be enacted and integrated.

We hope participants will go away feeling enchanted and empowered, challenged, moved, and inspired.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

 

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The upcoming three years 2015-2017 Kristianstad University, HKR, will be one of twelve project partners in the EU-financed “The People’s Smart Sculpture”. “The overall aim is to explore and document new strategies for involving digital media and Information and Communication Technologies in the development of user­centered culture.”

Kristianstad University HKR are one of the partners in “The People’s Smart Sculpture” with the project “Journey to Abadyl”. Michael Johansson at HKR are artistic director of the project in cooperation with the nordic network PRAMnet and live art scene Warehouse9 in Copenhagen.
Pressrelease (swedish only) – http://www.hkr.se/sv/om-hkr/media/pressmeddelande/kreativt-projekt-forandrar-stadsrummet/

The Journey to Abadyl set out to create an interactive experience based upon “The Anatomy of Choice” in which participants are faced with different dilemmas staged and presented. This mixed reality space contains digital film footage, sound, physical objects, augmented reality, computer games and hidden messages that are all part of a story waiting to be discovered. An experience structured as a matrix in which the participants are exposed to distinct choices that include both moral, ethical, and physical dilemmas and challenges. A kind of computer game in spatial format.”

In Journey to Abadyl – JTA – we will focus on research in digital narrative space, co-creation and audience participation. During the three years we will arrange a series of workshops and public events. The events will take place mainly at Warehouse9 in Copenhagen and the overall plan is to arrange an interactive performance in 2017 entitled Journey to Abadyl.

“Journey to Abadyl” should be seen as a synergy of the expressions of the theatre, the exhibition, the roleplay and the amusement park, using dynamic new media, a non-linear dramaturgy and theories from computer games, working with notions as “story world” rather than “script” and “game play” rather than “drama”.”

As an upstart for the project we arrange a symposium on the 25th March in Copenhagen, at the live art stage Warehouse9. Invited to this symposium are creators, researchers and media professionals who have experience and knowledge in this field. The symposium will be held in two parts – presentations of concrete projects by artists, researchers, producers in the field – group discussions and an concluding panel. The topics for the discussion are centered around audience involvement in a narrative space and strategies for using gameplay and interactive media. The topics will be forwarded together with a complete program for the day in short.

We hope you can participate in the symposium with reflections and experience from your perspective on the theme – digital narrative space, co-creation and audience participation.

At the symposium PRAMnet members will hold a short presentation of JTA with focus on our work with Practice based Research in Art and Media. http://pramnet.org/

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JTA Symposium Notes

Wednesday March 25th 2015

Warehouse9, Copenhagen

Symposium  Notes

10:00

Michael Johansson introduced the symposium by asking Why here? Why the collaboration between Kristianstad University and Warehouse9?

Short PRAMnet introduction:

The PRAMnet group met in the late 90s. At that time new media was boring, it was more about forcing the digital material to act as physical media. PRAMnet worked with narrativity and virtual spaces in a practical, explorative and theoretical way.

Live performances + technology -> making the room into a more dynamic space.

Journey to Abadyl – a collaborative project building on performances, thesis, etc.

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10:15 Presentation of project related cases invited guests

Niels Birk – Area Manager, Kødbyen

The Kødbyen area is divided in three parts, the brown, the grey, and the white area. The first being the oldest. The brown area was constructed between the 1870s and 1901 when Øksnehallen was built. It was a visionary construction which implied regulations and a structure to the city. The white area was constructed in the 1930s, and was built upon the new thinking of an area “only made for butchering”. The whole Kødbyen area is listed, the brown and white areas being on the highest degree.

The Meat-packing district shall continue to be a unique attraction in Copenhagen with a dynamic city life, which is home to both butchers, creatives and artists.

  • Meat & Creativity
  • Changeable international destination of experiences
  • Opening of the district
  • Active and open spaces
  • Creative growth

The tendency is towards more openness in the literary sense.

Challenge: The district is listed as one of 25 national industrial memorials. In the brown and white areas everything is listed. Not only the buildings are listed, but also the way things are working/functioning.

  • Well defined in space and use
  • Political attention
  • Development is regulated by the political vision and strategy

Potential leasers are scrutinised in order to ensure that they contribute to the fulfillment of the overall vision.

Ulrich Gehmann – Ideal Spaces

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Journey to Abadyl is about world construction.

Spaces imagined – Idea, eidos (an image of something)

  • Spaces perfect –

ideal as aim

ideal as mythic longing

ideal as perfect(ed) functionality

Conceptions of spaces

  • Ideal as aim – perfect end-stage
  • Mythic longing – a narrative, a tale of the world as it is. What is the meaning (can be an enterprise, etc.). A fundamental tale.
  • Ideal as perfect(ed) functionality – We want to create a world that functions. What is the functionality of the function?

Spaces abstracted – Utopia

models, maps, technical networks…

A utopos does not exist in the real sense. It is a space to be made yet. Artificially created spaces. Ideal spaces (e.g. park areas, ideal cities, the capitalist world)

Conceptions of the world as it should be.

The current utopia of functional cities: smart cities, the internet.

Space and Gestalt

Gestalt: expresses the essence of something, its nature

  • is a systema, a system – unity whole
  • is a morpho-logical context – logos, con-textus

def. of Gestalt:

  • whole related to its parts
  • relation of parts to each other
  • relation of parts to the whole

“We look at the world in a functional sense. Not looking at the Gestalt.”

Space as Gestalt

Garden cities.

We can create an artificial world, if certain parameters are fulfilled we can replace it somewhere else. In the same way you can create enterprises, etc.

Ideal cities as Gestalten

City: civitas, communitas

Classical idea of ideal city

  • for all, not just for individuals
  • community

Civi – an individual living in a community, all with equal rights.

City as a whole: social + architectural

City of equals

City of civitas

New idea of ideal city

City: not civitas, but pool of resources for individual use.

  • city not as a whole, but as assemblage of fragments -> urbanism, smart city
  • Gestalt-matters do not matter
  • ideal city is not city, but space of resources

USE, USERS (e.g. the company Monsanto creating a filial in Copenhagen, not because they are interested in Copenhagen, but in the USE of the city.)

The funcionalist way – individual use. Material for my personal use. I use the world for my own personal purposes (think apps, networks, etc.)

The ideal city vanished with modernity.

Now: Users of the world. Functionality.

Fragmented

Users

Functionality

No real groupings – all acting as individuals in a fragmented way

(e.g. Hipsters – an abstraction in our cultural mindset. Not really existing. Certain ideas in common, otherwise only individuals functioning in certain patterns.)

Kristoffer Åberg – Design Fiction                Empires of the Mind

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Space

Computer

Science fiction

Gadgets from the future

Visionary

Creativity & Imagination

“Design fiction as I am discussing it here is a conflation of design, science fact, and science fiction. It is an amalgamation of practices that together bends the expectations as to waht each does on its own and ties them together into something new.” (Julian Bleeker, Design Fiction)

[here should be Kristoffer’s model on the following]

Science <–> Science fiction

Science <–> Design

Design <–> Science fiction

Science –> Design Fiction

Science fiction –> Design Fiction

Design –> Design Fiction

Science – Scientists, scientific method, truth.

Science fiction – is about the unreal –> what could happen. Driven by imagination.

Design – elements of both science and science fiction. Creativity, imagination, new method, experience.

[here Kristoffer’s model on the following]

Meaning

Co-creators                                        Design fiction methods

Design fiction

What could be:                                 Alternate reality

Design fiction

Near future

“Design fiction objects are totems through which a larger story can be told, or imagined or expressed. They are artifacts from someplace else, /…/” (Julian Bleeker, Design Fiction)

From a doodle a universe is unpacked!

Kristoffer’s model of : Unreality / Unknown (Known Unknown, Known Known, Unknown Known, Unknown Unknown).

We can rely on our intuition, etc, but sometimes we need to be pushed in certain directions.

Helene Kvint – Performance Art Duo – CoreAct (by Helene Kvint & Anika Barkan) www.coreact.dk

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Work:

“Reflections”

House made of coloured plexi-glass parts in a Mondrian style.

Poems by a Danish writer: Vagn Steen (constructivist poems)

This was a participatory work. The visitors had to send back a poem, making people from all of the world very creative.

“Moving Garden”

Invited people for tea.

An animal (dressed actor) – helped opening up conversations.

Performativity when moving the garden around the city outskirts.

Gathering people’s stories about their experiences of gardens, then re-telling the same stories as their own for other audiences.

In the end –> recalling some of the stories –> mp3 –> installation (in the Kødbyen area) where visitors can listen and spend time in the garden.
A Facebook page for the garden.
Sound artist creating sounds for the garden.

Work with elderly people.

Re-telling the stories in present or future tense.

Always working with settings.

Now working on a piece: “Sorrow”

Bombina Bombast – Emma

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“What’s left” & “Strange Days”

Performance, Storytelling

“What’ left – Work in progress” – Video installation (available on Vimeo or BB website)

Concept: video walk – iPad showing the same space as you are in, a guide, a video, structured dramaturgy, the same for every site.
Started out with a play with presence and absence – what’s real in the virtual world? Real but not physically close.
Reality & non-reality.

BB have developed an aestethic. First-person, long takes, follow the characters as it is live, no cuts (like in first-person games).
The easier to follow the video, the more abstract to create the narrative.

Six tents. iPad with choices (right, left, forward)

The participants were activated by both the video and the choices. When choosing one direction, always the feeling of missing out something else.

People moved around in a structured way. (Games, choreography.)

The interesting thing was that the video was experienced as the reality for the participants.

The real virtual reality.

BB working with oculus rifts. One step further into the virtual reality.
What is imagination? What is real?

The technology BB are using aims for the game industry. BB use it in a more abstract way.

We don’t yet know how to tell stories in this media. How to tell stories in a 360° media.

Albin Werle – NYXXX

NYXXX – a group of artists (visual artists, writers, game designers, etc.) based in Scandinavia, making reality games.

Games that take place in the physical space but using virtual and physical objects.

Avatar condition! – Techno-biological beings.

The games we make:

  • Human participants (players, avatars)
  • Sound instructions (radio, mp3, etc)
  • Interactive environment

The game

[here: Albin’s model on the following]

Human body + Sound instruction –> Avatar

Interactive environment + Sound ambience –> Narrative space

Human participants – players and avatars

When we hear the world “avatar” we may think of the film “Avatar”, game avatars, or material manifestations of deities. Bodies controlled by outer forces.

Nyxxx avatar:

Human body + sound instruction

a mechanic, a test, an evaluation, a new suggestion

As an avatar you are not making your own decisions.

A different perspective –> like first-person perspective but using your own body in a physical state.

The story is not told to you, but through you!
Instruction difficulty levels

  • Easy – following simple instructions is really nice, makes it easy to accept the game and its rules. Accepting the easy level makes it more likely to accept the next levels.
  • Choice based – choose one object (“Do you take the red pill or the blue pill?”) It is nice to feel that your choices have consequences. Choices makes the player care. Even if you are following rules there are several ways to act out.
  • Hard – Find the problem and solve it.
  • Observation – sometimes it’s just great to observe other players, the environment or yourself.

Taking off your headset after a session is a pretty weird feeling.

Flickering between physical and virtual reality.

The doubleness is interesting.

Some concepts:

  • Simple technology
  • Simple design
  • Task complexity
  • Interactive environment
  • Enjoy ability

Next:

Doll/Human interaction

Exploring concepts like subject/object, dominant/submissive, master/slave, etc.

www.nyxxx.se

@albinwerle

Magnus Wallón & Johan Salo – Do-fi Interaction Design

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Do-fi (do fidelity)

Learning

Education

Location

Accessability

“Blindfarm” – Game for stick-training – Target group: Blind children.

It taught us:

  • Learning is so much
  • Designing for disabilities gives possibilities
  • Give the people that will use it the power to control it
  • And much more…

It’s about how to motivate and engage with new technology.

 

“Tidsmaskinen”

Cultural & Heritage place

Create an outdoor walk

  • Online admin
  • All platforms
  • A tool for everyone
  • Research goes to product

 

What’s next?: 2 new offsprings that will take the locative media to the next level.

SOUNDS and LOCATIONS

The best way to explore locations is through your ears.

Afternoon sessions

Journey to Abadyl

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Michael Johansson

In 1997 research on a project how different ideologies manifested themselves into architecture and monuments. The ideologies were no longer present, but the monuments remained.

Led to a database including approximately 5000 3D-models

How could I reuse this?

Five architecture students built the base of the city. The infrastructure based on 16 Formula-1 tracks (loops). A city you cannot escape, only go around.

Could I invite people into this city?

At this time there were no narratives.

How can I find out what is on the street level? Find out what’s inside?

Coined the term Fieldasy – Field study / Fantasy.

Look at things, etc. as is. And at the same time play with it.

The Unknown!

Fieldasy method – scenario based method.

Lack of information is my strategy!

The people invent through their actions.

The scenarios are about artifacts. I give them a narrative. The physical objects let people create their stories.

A strict rule-set inside Abadyl:

  • 16 objects
  • 7 specific scales
  • 16 Formula-1 tracks

Unknown unknowns!

To take people from the familiar into the fantastic, and they still think it’s for real…

Frame of fiction!

Lean on the story-frame and act out things they would never do in the real life.

Wanderlost

  1. Take a city part from Abadyl
  2. Take the instructions in Abadyl
  3. Paper prototype – make a walk in a real city (based on the Abadyl “map”) with the Abadyl instructions.

Thore Sonesson (PRAMnet)

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A basic story frame “The Piper of Hamelin”

How to design the Anatomy of Choice.

How do you make the space into a democratic space?

“The space as an interface”

Should be a synergy of expressions.

Design a world in a different sense. An interactive drama must be experienced.

The participants creates!

Designing a stage for users. A stage to be used. The space is an interface.

“In order to play freely, clear rules are required.”

“We could be anyone, we are everywhere.”

Marika Kajo (PRAMnet)

Prototypes with a purpose.

How could we work with different sensors?

Group dynamics.

Projects:

SAD:BAD

Spirits on Stage

Jørgen Callesen (Warehouse9)

Virtual puppets

Physical actions / Presence

Virtual representation

When you work with virtual representations you have to make believe. Believing a puppet is real. You have to create the illusion that they are alive.

Loops with different expressions.
Generative piece.

Journey to Abadyl – Anatomy of choice

8 parts

4 dynamic                                 4 static

(dynamic) can be played

in 4 different ways

Makes it 32 ways of going through Abadyl.

The static parts are known, the dynamic are not.

Full day event (8 hrs)

WORKSHOPS…