Secret Garden

Hugill, A and Rieser, M (2013) Secret Garden. Phoenix Digital Arts Centre, Leicester, UK, 10 September - 1 October 2012.

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, Lee Scott 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.
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Date: 2013
Event Location: Phoenix Digital Arts Centre, Leicester, UK

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: Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 10:02
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 16:18
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