Augmented recital: Habiter (avec) Xenakis

Performed at Centre des Arts, Enghien-les-Bains – 24 nov. 2022

Augmented Reality recital at Enghien-Les-Bains’ Centre des Arts on November 24th, 2022 in the context of Xenakis’ centenary as part of Habiter (avec) Xenakis project.

Xenakis’ four mature solo piano works: Herma (1961), Evryali (1973), Mists (1980) and à r. (Hommage à Ravel) (1987) are presented in the form of an Augmented Reality (AR) recital inspired by Xenakis’ polytopes. Driving concept is the amalgamation of physical, virtual and symbolic elements intο a palimpsest, which is controlled interactively by the physical gestures of the pianist.
The symbolic and expressive structure of each work is coupled to a specific capture technology: à r. is associated with inertial sensors, Herma adds the element of face recognition, Mists is associated with electromyography sensors, and Evryali features full body motion capture. There is also a postlude bearing the title Air à r., an improvisation of air gestures based on à r., featuring a human polytop through audience participation. Thus, we create a ritual of Xenakis’ works interleaved with a series of preparatory interludes, whereby the human performer is gradually overlayed on stage with state-of-the-art interactive technologies that produce and control the Augmented Reality of the recital.

Team of the project

Piano & Concept: Pavlos Antoniadis
Aurélien Duval: Interactive realtime 3D rendering
Jean-François Jégo: Scenography & motion capture
Stella Paschalidou: Physiological sensing & sound creation
Carine Gérard: Light creation
Alice Huc: Light manager
Alan Verhille: Sound engineer & manager
Frédéric Bevilacqua: Gesture recognition system
Makis Solomos: Scientific advisor

This performance was created in the context of the EUR-ArTeC project “Habiter (Avec) Xenakis” coordinated by Jean-François Jégo & Makis Solomos and funded with the support the French National Research Agency – Investissements d’Avenir program – ANR-17-EURE-0008

Full Performance

Full performance credits