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There is Still Time . . Brother

 

Interactive Immersive Cinema Installation, 2008

The Wooster Group, commissioned by EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA).

This interactive installation – which takes its title from a banner visible in the final scene of Stanley Kramer’s 1959 film, On the Beach, depicting a post-nuclear apocalypse Earth – is a film about war and the ways that individuals respond to war. The installation offers the viewer control of a narrative displayed within a 360-degree video panorama. Seated in a revolving chair in the center of the space, audience members take turns controlling a virtual “window” to highlight discrete aspects of a story about British and French troops battling for control of Fort Calypso (a battle site in the French and Indian War); joining the battle are grotesquely enlarged children’s toys vying for attention with politically minded bloggers; unsavory YouTube videos; and a mercurial host who attempts to articulate the implications of this unique “narrative space.” With each viewing, a new cinematic experience is spun out of the choices of individual audience members.

Production Credits
  • Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
  • Developed with Jeffrey Shaw for his interactive panoramic cinema
  • Commissioned by EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)
  • Produced by EMPAC together with the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (AUS), and the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media (D) and in collaboration with The Wooster Group
  • The Interactive Panoramic Cinema has been conceived of and designed by Jeffery Shaw. This includes the 360-degree interactive projection method whereby the user can shift the position of a viewing window (EVE/PLACE), iCinema’s 360-degree digital video camera (SPHERECAM) and the PanoramaScreen co-developed by ZKM.
  • Production design, art direction, script and performance by The Wooster Group: Geoff Abbas, Aron Deyo, Joby Emmons, Ari Fliakos, Teresa Hartmann, Bozkurt Karasu, Ken Kobland, Elizabeth LeCompte, Gabe Maxson, Jamie Poskin, Matt Schloss, Scott Shepherd, Kate Valk and Judson Williams
  • SPHERECAM cinematography, production pre-view system and post-production: Volker Kuchelmeister (iCinema)
  • EMPAC Production Team: Jonas Braasch, Kathleen Forde, Kimberly Gardner, Johannes Goebel, Shannon Johnson, CathyJo Kile, Jason Steven Murphy and Todd Vos
  • iCinema Production Team: Jarred Berghold, Volker Kuchelmeister, Damian Leonard, Sue Midgeley and Jeffrey Shaw
  • The Wooster Group Production Team: Joel Bassin, Yvan Greenberg, Clay Hapaz, Cynthia Hedstrom, Edward McKeaney and Kaneza Schaal
  • ZKM Production Team: Jan Gerigk, Arne Graesser, Manfred Hauffen, Petra Kaiser, Bernd Lintermann and Silke Sutter
  • Real-time Image Processing and Projection System for Complex Surfaces: Bernd Lintermann (ZKM)
  • Panoramic projection screen engineering: Huib Nelissen Decor en Constructiewerken (NL)
  • Audio Design Concept: Johannes Goebel (EMPAC)
  • Sound recording, editing and post-production: Todd Vos, Geoff Abbas, Matt Tierney and Dan Valente
  • Localization Capturing System for Moving Sound Sources and Virtual Microphone Control for Sound Projection Systems: Jonas Braasch,
  • Communication Acoustics Research Lab, Rensselaer
  • Excerpts from the following materials are included in the text: Transcripts from discussions among Jeffrey Shaw, Johannes Goebel and The
  • Wooster Group; Pioneer Dogs, a film script by Adam Edwards; On The Beach (1959), a film by Stanley Kramer; Rosie O’Donnell’s online blog.
  • Producers: Johannes Goebel and Kathleen Forde (EMPAC)
  • With support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts
Exhibitions
  • 2007-2008 December 15-January 6: PanoramaFestival, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2008 October 3-19: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
  • 2010 September 10-18: Time-Based Art Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon
  • 2012 February 4-March 3: Grand Opening Festival, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong
  • 2013 March 13-31: SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil