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Where exactly the «Zone» runs and how it came into being is still a matter of disagreement among scholars. What is clear is that the Zone is a fracture of our reality, and in it a world beyond our logic is revealed. Some say that the Zone holds the key to the fulfilment of our deepest desires. The research project «Spatial Dis/Continuities in Telematic Performances» is actually developing technologies for simultaneous performances. During an experiment at the telemersive gateway, they suddenly made contact with the Zone: Steffi appeared.

At the Refresh Festival we open the gateway into the zone for an audience. In a 20-minute 1 to 1 encounter, you will meet Steffi. She will guide you through the Zone: A glitch? An anomaly? A singularity?

«Zone» is a telemersive prototype in which the «Spatial Dis/Continuities in Telematic Performances» research group presents their current state of development in real-time transmission of volumetric camera data and 3D spatial audio. The piece is based on the novel «Roadside Picnic» by the Strugazky brothers, which served as a template for the film «Stalker» by Andrei Tarkowski.

Artists / Research group:
Spatial Dis/Continuities in Telematic Performances

Stefanie Steffen

Concept, direction performance:
Benjamin Burger

Concept, direction audio:
Patrick Müller

Direction camera:
Joel De Giovanni

Patrick Müller, Eric Larrieux, Hannah Walter

Martin Fröhlich, Roman Haefeli

Projection Mapping:
Martin Fröhlich

Oeil extérieur:
Matthias Ziegler

In collaboration with:
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, ZHdK
Immersive Arts Space, ZHdK

20 minutes

November 9th, 2023, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
November 10th, 2023, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
November 11th, 2023, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

ICST-Labor, 3.D24 (Level 3)

English or German

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«Zone». © Spatial Dis/Continuities in Telematic Performances.
«Zone». © Spatial Dis/Continuities in Telematic Performances.