Dr. Juergen Hagler is an academic researcher and curator working at the interface of animation, game, and media art. He is a Professor for Computer Animation and Media Studies and the head of studies of the degree programme Digital Arts at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus. Since 2014 he is the co-head of the research group Playful Interactive Environments. Since 2017 he is the director of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival and initiator and organizer of the symposium Expanded Animation.
About the talk: Animating Participants in Co-located Playful Mixed-Reality Installations
As Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies become more prevalent, they are being increasingly utilized in artistic installations in order to offer participants a more immersive spatial experience. Such installations typically focus on the experience of individual users. Nevertheless, shared co-located experiences with multiple users are becoming more common. Making participants aware of each other and facilitating interaction between them in such virtual environments can be quite challenging, particularly considering the technical limitations despite the advent of new technologies. Based on examples for Ars Electronica and the research group Playful Interactive Environments, I will introduce different animation strategies based on participants’ physical movements in mixed-reality installations.