The piece builds a bridge between the exploration of the universe and it's billions of stars and the almost invisible microcosm of mycelia. The animations were projected on living mushrooms placed in the center of the videopods. In the first part of the performance, projections accompanied the lecture of Dr. Guillaume Guiglion, while in the second part, they interacted with the music and the performance of the dancers.   
For the animation we took inspiration from different growth algorithms and also remixed realtime scenes created by members of the TouchDesigner community like Exsstas, David Braun, Elekktronaut, AlphaMoonBase.Berlin and Noones Img, as well as own explorations of space imagery.  
The "Great Refraktor" was built in 1899 as the first observatory dedicated to astrophysics and enjoys monument protection today. The building is an impressive testimony to scientific research and takes the visitors back in time. To integrate projections into the performance we constructed three custom tripods that were used to project visualisations of Guillaume Guiglion's lecture as well as realtime animations by Stefan Kraus onto the wooden floor of the Refraktor. This way, no harm was done to the building and no traces reamined after the show. 
The videopods were designed by Stefan Kraus and Gregor Sauer, who also took care of the construction. The software to control video playback, realtime visualisations and the lighting was programmed by Stefan Kraus in the visual programming environment TouchDesigner. 
A hybrid performance of dance, music, science and media art by: 
Let's call it a Day!
Scientific Lectures
Dr. Guillaume Guiglion (Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam)
Dr. Elena Sacchi (Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam)
Dr. Katrin Müller (Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung)
Dr. Volker Klemann (Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam)
PHD Student Müge Yazici (Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam)

Laura Giuntoli, Oliver Pollak, Abraham Iglesias Rodriguez

Harfe: Teresa Geißler
Kontrabass: Marcel Siegel
Synthesizer: Florian Thamer
Stimme und Gesang: Joanna Waluszko

Raum und Kostüm
Ausstattung: Sabryna Nitihardjo
Elektromediale Installation: Pit Maier

MXZEHN (Stefan Kraus, Gregor Sauer)

Philip Baumgarten

Lena Langer

Leyla Sersoub

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