FastLab Performance Experiment, Ars Electronica

Alison Bennett, ‘Blossom Sphere’ (screenshot from webXR), 2020

I am delighted to be part of a creative team based in Newcastle that has developed a series of immersive space ‘FastLab Performance Experiment’ for the Newcastle Garden of the Ars Electronica Festival. In 2020 the Austrian based festival has developed an international network of online artworks.  

“In the Biomes Performance Experiment an interdisciplinary community of artists join forces to explore the nexus of bio-art, sound and technology. In this hybrid spirit, we weave together bespoke handmade electronica, experimental software, and emergent audio-visual phenomena, in performances that generate a virtual space that is profoundly in resonance with the Post-Anthropocenic materiality.”



‘Blossom Spheres’ extends Bennett’s research into the creative and discursive potential of expanded photographic practices and spatial webXR. Rendering spring blossoms as point clouds using unconventional photogrammtery techniques, the healing structures of plant forms glow and dissolve as fields of light when approached. Bennett invites us to float through the emergent energy of springtime in a dark open field in which to experience a range of experimental performances.

“These point clouds are the result of experimental research in which I have developed a pipeline for converting photogrammetry models into point clouds. It is the perfect form for rendering ferns and flowers that does service to the celestial energy of plants as beings.”

“I have been exploring the geometry of photography for several years. It is expanding from a 2D medium of isolated frames to an interconnected mesh of nodes and connections. Photogrammetry – a method for building 3D models from a set of photographs – is one expression of the expansion of the medium. WebXR is the perfect platform for these enveloping image-scapes that wrap the viewer inside the photographic image.

Alison Bennett, ‘Shed’ (screenshot from webXR), 2020

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