Sweet Spot

Milledge, Russell, Campbell, Steven, Holdsworth, Jason, and Youdell, Becki (2011) Sweet Spot. [Show/Exhibition]

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Sweet Spot is an interactive new media-dance experience that transforms the interior of the theatre into an immersive space that places the audience at the centre. The Sweet Spot project encompasses research, design and structural development of a media and sonic environment. It looks at new ways of machine interactivity and how this may be configured around choreographic actions and generative audience engagement.

Using mixed reality and augmented technologies programmed with a sweet spot in mind, customised hand held devices; sophisticated human movement motion tracking; and a unique computer vision system have been integrated with choreographic and site specific aesthetic concerns. In seeking the Sweet Spot of interactivity through the exploration of our live media environment, you will be engaging actively as a participant in the space.

The combination of user interaction, live performance and media design provides a transformative experience.

Research Statement

Research Background The idea of the Sweet Spot derives from references to 'desirable' situations in which the 'opportune' solution occurs. It's not a tangible or physical spot, it's a numerical, indicative state. Sport and musical instruments, refer to the 'sweet spot' as having an affinity with the center of percussion, oscillation and other equations, presenting the ultimate highly desirable set of circumstance or sweet state. The phenomenon of the Fibonacci number pattern occurring frequently in nature, has a sweet spot identified by patterning found throughout Nature's flora and fauna. Shells, fruit, plants and organic forms while aesthetically diverse have a deeper ecological implication and meaning beyond human perception.
Research Contribution The Sweet Spot performance unfolds in four scenes as a ten minute artwork. An audience member books a fifteen minute time slot, and one - three people can interact at a time. Depending on space, some observers and groups may be accommodated from a designated viewing area. The images in the associated documents are from Sweet Spot which ran daily from 19 - 21 April 2011, 10am – 5pm, at The Space, Centre of Contemporary Art, Cairns with a visitor total of 187 over the three days.
Research Significance The work has been included in the 2011 creative program of KickArts Contemporary Arts, Queensland, Australia The work has been included in the 2011 program of the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns.
Item ID: 2024
Show/Exhibition: Sweet Spot
The Space, Centre of Contemporary Art, Cairns
19 - 21 April 2011
Keywords: Contemporary Art, Dance, Performance, Interactive Art, Installation, Creative Arts
Media of Output: Mixed media
Funders: KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns Regional Council, Arts Queensland, Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Australia Council for the Arts
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 23:24
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