Photo by Antonio Barrella

Although it started out as a research group in the faculty of Engineering at  Tor Vergata University, Seeinteracting soon involved the Accademia Nazionale di Danza and the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome to create a performance that can catalyse artistic and technological experiences: Folies de Seeinteracting.

The group came to life from Marco Bertola, born in 1983, an IT engineer specialized in technologies of interaction with electronic musical instruments, Gianluca Susi (1982), an electronic engineer who has received national and international awards for his studies into Brain Computer Interface and neural networks, and the cellist Maurizio Massarelli, with whom they teach at the Master of Sound and Show Engineering.

The creation of a 3D motion capture system, based on infrared scanner cameras, detects the movements of 2 dancers’ bodies (Margherita Costantini and Francesca Formisano) and transforms them into sounds.

The body movement - choreography by Livia Massarelli on the musical basis of Maurizio inspired by the ancient Portuguese musical theme called “follia”(madness) – determines the creation of a virtual sound that modifies the sound of the cello. Dance is therefore not exclusively based on a pre-set musical basis but interacts actively with it.

The sound of the electronic cello also in turn determines an algorithm that generates the processing of images in computer graphics projected onto the back of the stage.

The body therefore becomes a musical instrument and a painting instrument in a full synergy with technology and sound.

One of the group’s purposes is to bring these devices inside museum spaces, as has already happened in the past at the Festival of Contemporary Art FAST 2011, making them sound landscapes, thanks to the interactive system that transforms variations in space created by users into music, that then also become co-protagonists of the environment they visit.

The story has been written by Chiara Sfregola, writer.