In the cold winter days of 2003, James Brosnan (an artist and journalist with cerebral palsy working in Dublin) contacted Lizbeth Goodman with a poem. The subsequent exchange of words kept hope burning through a winter marked by much loss and sorrow. The correspondence led to the idea for a collaborative project to integrate poetry and multiple voices into a film and a game about the need for movement and the importance of stillness.
James and Lizbeth wrote this story. We took up the Arthurian legends and made them relevant to our own situations as artists and writers in Ireland and England, both negotiating the major life themes of home, family, loss, life and the movements between. We played King Arthur and Queen Guenevere respectively, and have recruited dancers, singers and interface designers to work with us on co-creation of an interactive film to be played in the round, in the Omniglobe system. Each character is assigned one of the major elements: FIRE for Arthur, AIR for Guenevere, EARTH for Lancelot and WATER for the Lady of Shalott.
Irish composer and musician Denis Roche has written a new interactive score for the piece, also designed to be played in the round, in the globe system.
Dr Marc Price of BBC R&D has customised his Virtual TV Lounge game engine and platform to feature this work in game format.
Brian Duffy of the Anthropos robotics group at Media Lab Europe in Dublin has been working on a customisation of his bespoke Haptic Chair, to become James’s throne and major interface with the film. The chair responds to body movement (voluntary or involuntary) and so was anticipated to have a major impact for artists and citizens with all manner of physical needs.
The film/game was shown at the Siggraph Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA 8-12 August 2004.The film/game was shown at the Siggraph Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA 8-12 August 2004.
A Lifedance and Game in Four Movements – commissioned by the Siggraph Art Gallery Los Angeles and AIR Gallery New York for the the Omniglobe. Full credits and story details are available on the link below: