Interactive film production in Shanghai

Showing September 23–October 11

September 18, 2014

Six years after its debut at the opening festival for the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), one of EMPAC’s first commissioned works, There is Still Time . . Brother, will be presented this fall at the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, China.

Created by the experimental theater company the Wooster Group (New York), the complex piece was developed and produced as a collaboration between EMPAC, Interactive Panoramic Cinema pioneer Jeffrey Shaw, and experts from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany. The project developed first-of-its-kind video and audio technology to place viewers in an interactive 360-degree film environment. The viewer controls the narrative from the center based on how they choose to direct their attention, creating a new cinematic experience with each viewing. Commissioned in 2003 and completed in 2007, the piece has been shown at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, the TBA Festival in Portland, OR, the City University in Hong Kong and SESC Pompeia in São Paulo, Brazil. The technical infrastructure of the very large panoramic screen environment laid the foundation for developing immersive works at EMPAC and for the newly established CRAIVE Lab at the Rensselaer Technology Park.

Production History

  • 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