Enticing the public towards the unknown... An accessible, immersive and interactive audio-visual encounter, offering the opportunity for escapism through shared experience.
Working beyond, outside of or parallel to the accepted, represented and perpetuated categories and structures of contemporary society, SEPELEO is an approach to form and structure that aims to sidestep contemporary pillars of categorisation, enticing the public towards the unknown, to explore a level of experience not based in
re-presentation. SEPELEO offers strangers the chance to become collaborators, collectively shaping their environment through responsive technology, working together to create a space which adapts to them and recognises their role as change-makers.
ALGORITHMS HAVE CONTROL
Our cultural experiences in contemporary society are determined to a large extent by the use of algorithms. They are ubiquitous in our lives, from weekly online grocery shopping to vacation locations, cars we drive and the culture we consume:
You like 'this', so you will like 'this'.
Easy categorisation defies exploration of the new and unexpected. By definition it boxes in and segregates. In the current national and worldwide condition, in which we are arguably content to gaze inward, SEPELEO offers a moment in which one may embrace the logic of uncertainty and the potential of an open and uncharted plane of possibilities.
SEPELEO draws on the mechanisms of choice we have become so familiar with to facilitate engagement in an experience that draws on popular culture. Yet the world in which it immerses you is not so easily categorised.
RECOGNISING PARTICIPANTS AS CHANGE-MAKERS
SEPELEO utilises the affective nature of immersive experience and combines it with the ability of participants to individually and subtly alter the environment in which they find themselves, handing over control and a sense of ownership through active engagement.
SEPELEO is for music lovers, film lovers and cinema goers, night-clubbers, festival-goers, the large number of people who engage with culture outside of traditional fine art institutions. SEPELEO is deliberately non-targeted in terms of demographic, recognising the cultural diversity of visitors to cinemas, nightclubs or festivals, viewers of Netflix, NowTV or YouTube, and listeners of Spotify, BBC Sounds or internet radio, by bridging these cultural venues and platforms through an immersive installation which echoes aspects of each.
SEPELEO is an immersive audio-visual installation designed by artists, Jason & Becky, whose work encompasses a range of approaches including sound, video projection-mapping and live performance. Producing work for galleries and museums as well as socially-engaged community-based projects, they have undertaken residencies and exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Venice, Colorado, China and Japan.
They have previously worked with interactive experienced-based organisations in the UK, Europe and USA and have provided technical support in the installation of various art exhibitions in the UK, including audio-visual installations featuring multi-screen projections and sound, as well as creative solutions for the housing or display of visual and sculptural works.
Their current fine art practice explores new methods of engagement with art in the public realm, following two practice-based PhDs researching the encounter and wellbeing in relation to participant experience.
WHAT DOES SEPELEO LOOK LIKE?
SEPELEO is a new work based in the public realm, which utilises responsive technology to create an immersive space for the viewer, fuelled by an apparent loss of control in the consumption of and participation in contemporary culture.
SEPELEO appropriates four significant works from the movie and games industry and presents four short films derived from their content. 'Viewers' are encouraged to reconsider themselves as ‘Participants’ in these films, and through gestures facilitated by responsive technology, to alter their own audio and visual experience of each film.
SEPELEO offers an immersive space which echoes the cinematic but also adds to it spatially, through presenting each film in a physical 360º format, in a real space with real walls, but with the scope to be developed for VR and AR.
HOW DOES SEPELEO WORK?
Through the use of Ableton Live software (hidden from participants), SEPELEO features an interactive short film which can be both visibly and sonically altered through the movement of objects. Each participant is invited to pick one of these objects, which houses a small, hidden gyroscope. The gyroscope triggers effects to the visual and sonic elements through the linking and mapping of each gyroscope to specific audio or visual effects in Ableton Live. When each gyroscope turns, the sound and visuals are effected in different ways.
Participants can choose to work together towards a shared audio-visual experience, or might decide to use their object to impose their own desired aesthetic, contesting or conflicting with that of the participants around them.
The video to the left demonstrates an example of how both visuals and sonic elements can be manipulated through the movement of objects by participants (turn video sound on). SEPELEO contains many different audio-visual effects in addition to those demonstrated, which range from subtle alterations to hues and saturation, to distortion, glitching, and even mirroring, in which participants see themselves within the film itself.
COLLABORATORS + PARTNERS
SEPELEO is in development stage, and is looking for partners and collaborators to work with. If you have ideas for a potential location for SEPELEO, are interested in developing or utilising the responsive technologies used in alternative ways, or want to find out more about the project, get in touch!
We are interested in talking to filmmakers, sound engineers, dancers, musicians, universities/schools - anyone with an idea for how the technology might be used or developed beyond the original four films produced.
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