Design And Performance Lab




"Metakimospheres" are kinetic atmospheres currently explored in installations and performances built by DAP-Lab and associates during research on wearable space for the European Metabody project. These Metakimospheres behave as if they are active living architectural organisms that have an auditory, visual, and tactile sensory quality, with subtly changing states and affordances. They can be worn and breathed, felt and imagined, transported and taken off. They vibrate in the light of distant voices. (Johannes Birringer, February 2015)


MetaSeminar: Digital Technologies Workshop experiments with MetaKimospheres, February 03, 2015 - March 31, 2015, Artaud Performance Center, Brunel University.

The DAP-Lab co-directors develop new conceptual outline of performance-costumes interlinked to architectural atmospheres and kinetic states - these phenomena will now be examined under the name "metakimosphere". The initial kinespheric tests, proposed by Jaime del Val in Amsterdam, were elaborated by Azzie McCutcheon and the lab team in London. Azzie was joined my Martina Reynolds for the test development, material construction, conceptual-choreographic evolution of the physical kimosphere-structure, and then joined by Chris Bishop and Cameron McKirdy for the software programming, the live kinect camera interface (Bishop) and generative algorithms written by McKirdy. The concept for an immersive installation was developed over the following weeks; Azzie McCutcheon performs live with Helenna Ren and Yoko Ishiguro, with Johannes Birringer and Barbara Ulaite shaping the sonic elements, and Pernille Rübner-Petersen joining on vocals.

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Metakimospheres with inhabitant-visitor (above) seen from outside during first test phase (c) DAP-Lab; and experienced (below) from inside by visitors in the final version of no. 1 (c) DAP-Lab 2015/Joe Norman

(short film documentation of Metakimosphere no. 1)

Premiere: March 31, 2015, Artaud Performance Center

Immersive performance installation, DAP-Lab, staged at Brunel University, March 31, 2015

created collaboratively by by Azzie McCutcheon, Martina Reynolds, Helenna Ren, Christopher Bishop, Seeta Indrani, Cameron McKirdy, Yoko Ishiguro, Barbara Ulaite, Pernille Rübner-Petersen, Johannes Birringer. SpeakerVeil design by Michèle Danjoux.

(click here for short film version by Chris Bishop)


Metakimosphere with Yoko Ishiguro participating and listening to SpeakerVeil. (c) DAP-Lab 2015/Joe Norman

The incantations heard from the suspended veil are 'Sacheolga' sung by Korean mudang Sanghyun Jo in ritual performance. Field recording courtesy of Haein Song (2014).

See alternative short film of the premiere of Metakimosphere no.1 on March 31, 2015, edited by Martina Reynolds

(research development for Metakimospheres is part of the EU-funded METABODY project)

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D A P-lab directors: Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

(c) DAP-Lab 2015