Daniel Fine

media | projection | system

 design & integration

SparrowSong

Immersive Interactive Performance Installation

Role:

Year:

Media Designer & Co-Creator

January 2013

Location:

Tempe, Arizona

Client:

ASU Binary Theatre Company

About:

SparrowSong is an interactive, installation-based theatrical experience, aimed at audiences of all ages. Co-creators Megan Flod Johnson, Daniel Fine, and Julie Rada have developed a rich environment in which the audience is empowered to design their own personal version of the story. In intervals, SparrowSong “shows” will consist of small groups of audience members passing through several semi-enclosed rooms full of interactive experiences in which they have the opportunity to interact with digital, analog, and tactile environments as well as encounter the performance, the live event between the girl, played by Rada, and the digital bird. The creators  are curious about how to reframe what is considered the field of "Theatre for Young Audiences." They are curious about live performance and interactive media. They are curious about how to tell meaningful stories with the body, in space, with technology, in non-linear, non-text-based ways. They are curious about how to immerse an audience in a magical environment. They are curious about how to find an audience in a public space and captivate attention. SparrowSong is a process that spans almost two years of explorations of these curiosities. It is a performance project that seeks to manifest these questions and share with the world.

Tech Specs:

Six projectors, five computers, five TV monitors, two kinects, two triple-head matrox, one camera. Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Isadora, Processing, OSC, Animata, NI Mate.

Key Creative Team:

Conceived by:  Megan Flod Johnson, Daniel Fine, and Julie Rada

Megan Flod Johnson - director, installations

Daniel Fine - media design, installations

Julie Rada - performer, soundscape design, installations

 

Primary Artists

Brunella Provvidente - scenic design

Matthew Ragan - media design

Anastasia Schneider - costume, hair and make up, poster design

Adam Vachon - lighting design

 

Contributing Artists

Tristan Bustamante - installation art/scenic

Aimee Leon - installation art/textiles

Amy Masters - installation art/scenic

Andrea Silkey - installation art/bird sounds

Muharrem Yildirim - media installation/interactive flocking birds

Press:

“Nothing’s forced or expected. But opportunities are there. Folks discover ways their movements can influence the room’s technology, and find they’re free to add to the drawings all around them. Parents who grew up with rotary phones and typewriters will marvel at what today’s students can accomplish in all things media arts. Children with a creative bent may head home eager to build their own interactive arts space. And teens may ponder the wonders of making a living by laptop rather than merely watching movies on the darn thing all day.” – Lynn Trimble, RaisingArizonaKids.com

 

Raising Arizona Kids

The East Valley Tribune

The Phoenix New Times

The State Press

 

Audiences interacting with digital projections.

Interior of installation.

Interaction between the physical and digital. The performer draws in chalk and the rest of the set is drawn in with digital chalk projections.

Performer interacting with an installation.

Audiences were invited to draw in chalk on the walls of the theatre to create an immersive space.

Performer interacting with an installation.

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