ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERFORMING ARTS

11 Sep 2017
15:00 - 18:30
Palazzo Blu

ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERFORMING ARTS

CONFERENCE – with lecture presentations 

Organiser: MASSIMO BERGAMASCO, Full Professor of Applied Mechanic, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy

Comitato Scientifico: FRANCO MOSCA, MARIALINA MARCUCCI, MARCO SZORENYI, GIUSEPPE TOSCANO, MANRICO FERRUCCI, FRANCO MORETTI, EVA PERINI, PIETRO BARTOLINI, ANDREA FERRANTE, PERICLE SALVINI, PIER FRANCESCO BERNACCHI, ALESSANDRO TOSI, MARCELLO CARROZZINO, MASSIMO BERGAMASCO

Topics
Robotics in the world of Theatre,
Robotization of the carnival machineries.

Talks

ANIMATRONICS

State of the art on the technologies used for the realization of the floats of the Carnival of Viareggio
MARIALINA MARCUCCI, President of the Foundation Carnival of Viareggio, Viareggio, Lucca, Italy

Kinematic approach to the analysis of future animatronics solutions for the Viareggio Carnival
ALESSANDRO FILIPPESCHI, Laboratorio di Robotica Percettiva, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
The floats of the Carnival of Viareggio involve the synchronized and simultaneous motion of several animated masks. An approach to the study of their motion based on mechanism kinematics theory has the potential to be an extremely useful tool for float designers. From one hand, it enables the development of more efficient solutions to obtain the desired motion. On the other hand, it can simplify the tasks of the operators who manually move the masks through ropes and tendons. This contribution shows an example of this concept: the kinematic analysis of a mask motion is discussed and some mechanisms that meet kinematics requirements are proposed.

The new park of Pinocchio and the future activities in the frame work of Education
PIER FRANCESCO BERNACCHI, President of the National Foundation Carlo Collodi, Collodi, Pistoia

THEATRE

Opportunities of new technologies applied to acting
PIETRO BARTOLINI, Actor, Director, Director of the Theatral Academy of Firenze, Italy
The computational approach to performance art redefines the concept of theatrical sciences. From the analysis of dramatic through Artificial Intelligence methods, for stage spatialization and interpretation, to the translation of the internal processes of actors into sequences of actions programmed as they were robots, traditional artistic processing processes adopt a common language with science and find, in the use of new technologies, virtualization and biofeedback systems, a powerful impetus for the development of performing arts and theatrical pedagogy. 3D sounds and projections, the manipulation of stage helements, holograms, and new forms of dramaturgy enable infinite possibilities of settings and scene effects.

Virtual Environments as a new frontier for drama and acting
MARCELLO CARROZZINO, Perceptive Robotic Laboratory, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Virtual Reality is nowadays becoming more and more widespread because of their unprecedented and unique features, enabling the interaction with an immersive digital environment. In the talk opportunities offered by such technologies to the specific case of acting will be presented, showcasing a series of case studies at worldwide level and analysing the experiences carried out at the Perceptual Laboratory of Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa.

Interactive videomapping for theatre

ANNA MARIA MONTEVERDI, Researcher of “Storia dello Spettacolo”, Teacher at the “Accademia di Belle Arti” ofi Macerata
The talk will deal with interactive videomapping for theatre, examining in depth the contemporary scene and, in particular, Klaus Obermaier and Robert Lepage experiences, and presenting the results of some of the most recent investigation on the topic.

Image and sound in sonic drama
MARIANA TANAKA, Video artist, Department of Film and New Media, University of Art of Tokyo, Japan
“Presence” is a fundamental concept in drama and in digital performance. Actors do express it not only through acting, sounds too “create” presence. Sonic drama will be analyzed as composed of four chapters: sound anatomy, sound visualization, scene compositing and the role of the audience.

Connecting European Early Medieval Collections
EVA PIETRONI, CNR-Istitute of Technologies Applied to the Cultural Heritages, Rome
Under the CEMEC European project, Connecting European Early Medieval Collections, a novel kind of multimedia installation has been created for an exhibition that will be travelling across European Museums until the end of 2019. It is dedicated to the Kunágota sword, belonged to an Avar warrior of the 7th century A.D., currently preserved in the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest. The installation is conceived to be connected to the museum’s collections and consists in a holographic showcase integrated in a projection wall. In the showcase the real artifact is shown and thanks to the virtual projection on and around it, it is brought back to life, and becomes part of a dramaturgy.