SLEIGHTING has been presented at the 2014 Live Arts Exchange Festival, and the 2015 Slamdance Digital, Interactive, and Gaming (DIG) Showcase.
SLEIGHTING is an unprecedented approach to multimedia performance using realtime motion capture and previsualization tools to enable a new breed of performer. It is about showmanship, hype and the future of entertainment.
Through the ability to pilot avatars before a live audience, SLEIGHTING creates a new type of superstar who is no longer confined to being one personality, but is able to be anyone and everyone. Like the superstar DJ or sportsman who commands arenas full of fans, SLEIGHTING presents itself as a future art and sport, and an event that people descend upon to witness and partake in. In this case, the arena is now the site of reinvention for the event film, and the director is now conductor and performer, empowered through technological extensions of the self.
The show has a running time of around 20 minutes and mainly consists of three sketches in which the spectacle of interfacing with virtual realities drives both narrative and design. Realtime motion capture and previsualization tools, typically used in the film and gaming industries, are now used to DJ virtual camera moves and special effects for this live event.
This video features footage from 5 shows performed on April 3rd, 2014 at the California Institute of the Arts where SLEIGHTING was conceived and first performed.
Director, Producer, Dance
Video System Design, Creative Direction
Technical Director, Creative Direction
DJ Petroleum Jelly (aka Julian Petschek)
Original Music, Creative Direction
Digital Set Design
Video System Assistant, Motion Graphics
Sean Buckelew, Brian Smee
Solomon Turner, Masa Fox
Christopher Parent at MedusaVFX
Clean Up & Texturing
Rigging & Supervision
A115 CLUB, The CalArts Interdisciplinary Grant, Gordon Kurowski, Alexi Gehring, Nathan Meier, Michael Mcneff, Chiwang Yang, Emery Martin, Miwa Matreyek, Hilary Kapan, Kan Anant at PhaseSpace, CalArts Experimental Animation & Character Animation, and many other helpful friends!
For any questions, or to request more information you can email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.