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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition

    Three Perspectives

    Sketching interactions for young audiences

    Young theater audiences enjoy participatory forms of theater that allow them to engage with content in interactive and playful ways. We want to get to know this young audience and understand how they engage with interactive technology and live actors in theatrical settings.

    Over the course of a 3-day kick-off workshop, 4 weeks of exploration and 1 week of rehearsal, students will work together with the art collective KOBAKANT to produce three participatory sketches – “Three Perspectives” – that explore what roles interactive digital technologies and live actors can take on in participatory performances.

    We will be working with a cast of 2-3 live actors and explore human touch and sound as primary forms of input and output to a digital system. We will receive input on ‘collective work with interviews’ from Anja Kerkerschkewicz and make a short research with school pupils. We will have access to a “Premierenklasse” of school students who will accompany our process and join multiple playtests to give us feedback on how our creations are experienced and perceived by young audiences.

    The sketches will be presented at the bat Studio Theater on June 5th and 6th, and at Theater STRAHL’s opening event on June 17th at their new location at Ostkreuz.
    Following the Hybride Formen project, KOBAKANT will continue working with theater STRAHL to produce a full scale performance for young audiences. “Three Perspectives” (or documentation thereof) will be presented at the premier of this production in October 2023.


    Photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72177720308312459
    Spiel und Objekt / Hybride Formen: https://spielundobjekt.de/2023/06/01/hybride-formen/
    Final documentation: https://spielundobjekt.de/2023/07/12/documentation-video-of-our-hybride-formen-seminar-at-bat/
    Theater Strahl: https://theater-strahl.de/projekt/look-no-screens
    Jupiter funding: https://www.kulturstiftung-des-bundes.de/de/projekte/buehne_und_bewegung/detail/point_of_presence_oder_look_mom_no_screens.html


    ===Kick-Off Workshops===
    17.04. 11:00-17:00 Introduction to collective work with Interviews
    18.04.-20.04. Day1 (10-16:00): Introduction to youth theater (STRAHL)
    Day2+3 (10-15/16:00): Introduction to technology (Ladenlokal)

    ===in between===
    21.04.-26.04. optional: Augenblickmal Festival – Festival for Young Audiences
    21.04.-07.05. two weeks to collect interviews

    ===Exploration Phase===
    08.05.-08.06. S&&O Ladenlokal (Hannah u. Mika, Mo+Di.10:00-16:00, Mi-Fr eigenständig)

    ===Rehearsing Phase===
    01.06-08.06. bat Studio Theater
    31.05. visit by Feedbackseminar

    09. + 10.06. Final “Playtest” / Showing (bat)
    17.06. Theater STRAHL opening event (Ostkreuz)
    Oktober Theater STRAHL Rahmenprogram (Ostkreuz)


    We started off felting…. conductive fibers…. to make electrodes that could trigger pre-recorded sound samples (audio files).

    We visited a theater piece #berlinberlin at Theater Strahl:

    We talked and noted things down:

    Selecting from our notes, we made three experiments:

    More talking, more noting, more talking…
    Premierenklasse Playtest#2

    We realize that communication and collaboration are not easy when our schedules are so different:

    In a first playtest with our premierenklasse we test if they understand that they can make connections between “touchpoints”:

    Preparing for our second playtest with premierenklasse, we build a diorama to help develop a story around neilA:

    What is the story we have so far, and how can we tell it?

    The premierenklasse at play:

    The premierenklasse share with us what stories they understood:

    We arrange our ideas in order to continue:

    We start thinking about how to translate our work so far into the final BAT state:

    Instead of “touchpoints” being paper circles on the wall… we make them become secret material containers:

    The story is told through audio snippets:

    The ever present question of the “role of the actors”…. never feels like we get to a good place to be creative about this aspect….

    The materials…. to touch:



    Pure Data Code

    Link to Pure Data sound player code >> https://github.com/mikst/samplePlayer

    you can download pure data from here >> https://puredata.info/downloads

    and the Teensy Arduino sketch is posted here >> https://github.com/KOBAKANT/TeensyTouch

    Teensyduino >> https://www.pjrc.com/teensy/td_download.html

    Fast Touch Arduino library from Adrian Freed >> https://github.com/adrianfreed/FastTouch/

    Online Synthesizer

    MIDI(Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a protocol that is used for communication between electrical musical instruments. It contains notes between 0-127, velocity 0-127.
    Many software and digital instruments understands MIDI signals. In this workshop we used the below online synthesizer that can also accept MIDI signal.
    Cardboard synth (online synthesizer, only works on Chrome browser)


    and here is how to enable USB MIDI interface on Chrome


    The keys are now programmed to play midi note 60,62,64, 65,67,69,71,72 an octave from C3.

    Three Perspectives was developed in a five-week collaborative process by master students of Spiel und Objekt, actors from Theater STRAHL, and the artist collective KOBAKANT. With feedback and inspiration from Ms. Lange’s theater class at Anna Essinger Community School. The work took place within the framework of a JUPITER grant – aiming to raise awareness about theater for young audiences.

    Veronika Risnovska
    Mika Satomi
    Lisa Brinckmann
    Leonie Kopineck
    Joanna Mandalian
    Jana Heilmann
    Hannah Perner-Wilson
    Friederike Hänsel
    Amos Detscher

    Gefördert im Programm Jupiter der Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

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