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Secret Garden

Hugill, A and Rieser, M (2013) Secret Garden. In: Digital Art Installation: Secret Garden, Phoenix Digital Arts Centre, Leicester, UK, 10 September 2012 - 1 October 2012. [Exhibition]

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Hugill, A and Rieser, M
Abstract: Secret Garden is an interactive iPad Opera/Ballet, recreating a contemporary version of the Eden myth in an urban environment. The work was conceived and developed by Martin Rieser and Andrew Hugill, from original poems by Rieser set to music by Hugill. The interactive installation was a collaboration between Rieser, Hugill, Scott (PhD student) and a company of dancers (Barnes and Hansford), animators (Tillingate and Shaw), programmers (Tatham) and technicians (Howell).

The physical installation comprises eleven iPads mounted in a circle, acting as virtual viewports into the 'secret garden' (notionally Eden). Changing real-time 3D panoramic landscapes are combined with motion-captured avatars. The viewer’s interaction with the screens triggers songs and dance. The viewports may be seen in any order, and users experience 3D perspective with parallax vision-shift through a manipulation of the native face-tracking features of the iPad which software detects head movements and adjusts the scene’s field of view in real-time.
Official URL: http://andrewhugill.com/secretgarden/
Date: 2013
Event Location: Phoenix Digital Arts Centre, Leicester, UK
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Documentation: http://andrewhugill.com/secretgarden/
Hugill, A. & Rieser, M. (2013) ‘Secret Garden’, Digital Creativity, 24(3): xxx-xxx (Routledge).
Secret Garden is an interactive iPad Opera/Ballet, recreating a contemporary version of the Eden myth in an urban environment. The work was conceived and developed by Martin Rieser and Andrew Hugill, from original poems by Rieser set to music by Hugill. The interactive installation was a collaboration between Rieser, Hugill, Scott (PhD student) and a company of dancers (Barnes and Hansford), animators (Tillingate and Shaw), programmers (Tatham) and technicians (Howell).

The physical installation comprises eleven iPads mounted in a circle, acting as virtual viewports into the 'secret garden' (notionally Eden). Changing real-time 3D panoramic landscapes are combined with motion-captured avatars. The viewer’s interaction with the screens triggers songs and dance. The viewports may be seen in any order, and users experience 3D perspective with parallax vision-shift through a manipulation of the native face-tracking features of the iPad which software detects head movements and adjusts the scene’s field of view in real-time.
The music is tied to each scene and builds its layering, intensity and spatiality as more audience members interact with the work. The composition is adaptive to allow for up to 22-part polyphony at any given moment. A granular soundscape provides general ambience. Vocal settings include treated percussion distributed through headphones using Max/MSP and Abelton Live. A communication routine encoded touch events on the devices as a UDP/Open Sound Control signal and delivered them to a central management system.
Secret Garden was first shown at the Phoenix Digital Arts Centre in Leicester in September 2012, presented at ISEA2012 in Albuquerque , and transferred to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan in 2013. The work continues to evolve: a mobile phone version is planned, using Augmented Reality and GPS location technologies.

Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 10:02
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:28
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/1600
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