Transcendence VR, 2019 & 2021
360 live performance video and 3D performative sculpture
Transcendence is an interdisciplinary performance practice-research project, exploring how the combination of live performance arts and interactive technologies can induce altered states of consciousness. It takes the audience to a transformative journey through the subconscious mind, aiming to connect with the most primordial aspects of the human psyche to find psychological reconnection with the self.
Transcendence VR is exploring how to best virtually represent media performances and this will be the first time that Transcendence has been represented in a virtual medium. It will include a 360-degree video of the latest Transcendence live performance as well as a 3D scanned performative sculpture. This VR art piece draws on the constant inner battle between lights and shadows, creating a space where to dive into all the aspects of our subconscious mind in order to achieve spiritual balance.
Transcendence VR wants to “reclaim” a space within the arts to talk and connect with these transcendental and spiritual ideas, as the artists Kimatica believe that the lack of spiritual connection in our Western society is damaging it and therefore these type of experiences are going to play an essential role in the evolution of our society.
After 3 years of development, Kimatica Studio is building a coalition of award-winning art practitioners, technologists and researchers to catalyse applied research into psychedelic design, immersive technologies and psychotherapeutic performances, continuing the investigative aspect of Transcendence. Get in touch if you want to support this project at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concept artist and director: Maria Almena
360 video experience in collaboration with Playla.bZ
Sound design: Jose Macabra
3D performative sculpture scanner in collaboration with Eva Sbaraini.
Vocalist Barbara Pugliese
Transcendence live media performance:
Director & character designer: Maria Almena
Creative software & light designer: Nestor Rubio
Sound Designer: Jose Macabra
Performer & choreography: Tania Soubry
Lead vocalist, performer & choreography: Barbara Pugliese
Software and lighting assistant: Terry Clark
Performers: Mark Carberry and Bianca Darkwoods
Performers and vocalists: Assia Ghendir, Matilda Rose and Basicalbabs
Live drumming and shaman: Anthea Durand
Wearables and make-up designer: Susana Rodero
Costume designers: Maria Almena and Ataraxia Kimatica
Props designer: Joana Palma
Electronics assistant: Sophie Bramley
Stage manager and marketing: Liz de fleur
Stage manager and assistant producer: Maria Joao Pimentel
Costume assistants: Jenny Ni, Stephanie Johnson and Amarni brimah.
Audience data assistant: Shama Rahman and Eva Sbariani
About the artists:
www.kimatica.net | @kimaticastudio
Kimatica are a London based creative studio emerged by our passion for art for social change, new interactive technologies and transformative experiences. Kimatica’s strategic vision merges aesthetics of light and motion to deliver unique experiences which dissolve boundaries between illusion and reality.
Kimatica’s exclusive approach to transformative experiences encourages audiences to challenge inherent human perceptions and to reignite sub-conscious sentiments to spark a reconnection with the ethereal world. Their artistic practise explores concepts of human consciousness and perception, making those transcendental ideas accessible to a modern audience.
Selected commissions: National Gallery, British Council, Instagram, Veuve Clicquot, MTV, Nissan, Smirnoff, Tate Museum, Barbican centre and Battersea Arts Centre.
Selected art exhibitions: Kinetica Art Fair (London 2013 and 2014). Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid 2014) Barbican Centre London (Interfaces 2015) Tate Liverpool (Art Gym 2016). Chroma Art (Tribe17, Oxo Tower, London 2017). Art in Flux & CAS (Royal Collage of art, London 2019), Event Two at V&A Museum.
Selected talks: Victoria and Albert Museum, Central Saint Martins College, Royal College of Art, Art futura, Lights of Soho Gallery, Espronceda institute, Kinetica Art Fair, Greenwich University and Eva conference amongst others.
Kimatica is represented by Engage Works and supported by the Arts Council of England.