[ISEA2013] Artists Statement: Saburo Teshigawara & Volker Kuchelmeister – Double District

Artists  Statement

Double District is a six-channel stereoscopic 3D video dance installation originally conceived for the ReActor, a hexagonal stereoscopic 3D back-projection environment. A series of solo and duet scenes, specifically choreographed and performed by Teshigawara, were recorded from six vantage points, in time synchronicity and stereo 3D. The installation questions the traditional notion of stage performance, where the audience is usually restricted to the seating area and the dancers direct their performances accordingly; in Double District the observer can freely choose a point of view and experience the performance in 1:1 scale and 3D depth. For ISEA2013, Double District will be presented in iCinema’s 360-degree AVIE (Advanced Visualisation and Interaction Environment) theatre.

Direction, choreography, lighting design and costumes: Saburo Teshigawara. Developed with Volker Kuchelmeister (iCinema). Performed by Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato.  Production manager, technical director, stereoscopic cinematography, video and audio post-production: Volker Kuchelmeister (iCinema). Lighting design: Paul Nichola, Lighting technician: Rob Kelly (NIDA), Production assistant: Sue Midgely (iCinema), Producer: Richard Castelli.  icinema.edu.au/projects/double-district

  • Saburo Teshigawara is a Japanese choreographer and dancer who was born in Tokyo and became known for founding a company named KARAS along with Kei Miyata in 1985. He is teaching at Tama Art University department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance as a Professor.   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saburo_Teshigawara    st-karas.com
  • Volker Kuchelmeister (DE/AU) is a media artist, a member of academic staff at UNSW’s College of Fine Arts, and a Research Fellow at UNSW’s iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. His work encompasses experimental film, expanded cinema, photography, video installations as well as the development of custom camera systems and projection platforms. He is particularly interested in human perception, the formation of memory, strategies in human-computer interactivity, and exploring and exploding the boundaries of the cinematic image. His work has been shown internationally at museums, galleries and festivals including ZKM Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Centre Pompidou, and Powerhouse Museum Sydney.

Co-produced by: Karas (Tokyo), Epidemic (Paris / Berlin), Le Volcan Scène Nationale, (Le Havre) and UNSW iCinema Centre (Sydney), and kindly supported by Museum Victoria.