Augmented Performance

Glorianna Davenport, Alex Pentland, and Flavia Sparacino

Traditional performance spaces--ranging from theater or dance stages to museum galleries or game rings--can be enhanced with new, expressive and communicative abilities.

Media Creatures, endowed with perceptual intelligence and semi-autonomous behaviors, are used to lead and augment the human performance or interaction in these spaces.

Digital Circus suggests collaborative performance can be part of a virtual studio in the home--in a shared networked environment without the need for a blue screen.

Responsive Portraits offer oportunities for dynamic encounters with behavior-based photographs of the portrayed character.

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Media in performance: Interactive spaces for dance, theater, circus, and museum exhibits
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Sparacino F; Davenport G; Pentland A (1999).
Media actors: characters in search of an author
Proceedings IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems.
IEEE Comput. Soc. Part vol.2, 1999, pp.439-46 vol.2.

Sparacino F; Wren C; Davenport G; Pentland A (1999).
Digital Circus: a computer-vision based interactive Virtual Studio
IMAGINA, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 18-20th January 1999.
Sparacino F; Oliver N; Pentland A; Davenport G (1997).
Responsive Portraits
The Eighth International Symposium on Electronic Art, Chicago, IL, September 1997.