After all events had to be temporarily cancelled and postponed in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we and our ensemble have been tirelessly searching for solutions and alternative forms of presentation in home office.
It is still difficult for all sides to predict exactly how quickly and to what extent the current relaxation will continue. Theaters and venues can now reopen at the beginning of the new season in compliance with the rules of distance and hygiene.
We too would have been delighted to return to the stage with our augmented reality production "Verrat der Bilder", which was to take place from September 22nd to October 3rd in the Georg Kolbe Museum.
As a digital lighthouse project, the production "Betrayel of the images" used 26 Augmented Reality (AR) glasses in an artistic context for the first time. The project, which was additionally funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, plays with the possibilities of augmented reality and with the history of classical modernism at original locations. The truly groundbreaking aspect of the project is the interplay, the interlocking of virtual images and live performance by the artists, seen through the AR glasses of the respective visitor.
But this is exactly the crux of the resumption:
It is not about VR glasses, a technology that many people already know, but about a completely new technology that needs a lot of explanation and requires technical assistance for every visitor by our staff.
Experience from over 50 performances last year has shown us at various points that it is practically impossible to keep a minimum distance. This is mainly due to the high level of support required when using AR glasses. Roughly estimated, about 40% of the visitors were dependent on assistance directly on the device. In most cases, this technical assistance included a brief putting on of the glasses by the device technicians. In addition, the concept is based on the fact that the spectators can move freely around the room and that it is thus not possible to maintain the safety distance.
To our great regret and to protect your and our health, we have therefore decided to postpone the resumption of this pioneering project until next year. As soon as new information about the resumption next year is available, you will find out here.
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