Heavy-Headed / Dada-Minded (2015)
Since 2011 the Ars Electronica Futurelab together with performance avant-gardist and composer Klaus Obermaier investigates innovative forms of audience participation in stage based media art. The research project (St)Age of Participation is a reference to the actual paradigm of social media and collaboration culture.

Heavy-Headed / Dada-Minded is a playful eccentric combination of
real-time generated content, live manipulated sounds and dadaistic performance interventions: Kurt Schwitters’ famous sound poem Ursonate (1923-32) gets transformed into an interactive dance performance. The audience can co-create the audiovisual environment by means of smartphones but also through bodily actions, or enter a walk-in tracking box to leave their virtualized heads as visual material.
Thereby Heavy-Headed / Dada-Minded not only lifts the boundaries between audience space and stage, but also blurs the traditional timeline of showtime and curtain call.
Heavy-Headed / Dada-Minded ⋅ Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab
Ursonate | Heavy Headed
A project by Klaus Obermaier, Christopher Lindinger
and Ars Electronica Futurelab

Opening performance of Sound:Frame Festival 2015,
Festival for audiovisual expressions
MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria

artistic direction, choreography and sound: Klaus Obermaier
performance: Barbara Vuzem
scientific direction: Christopher Lindinger
dramaturgy, text and research: Martina Mara
software development: Roland Aigner
technical direction: Roland Haring
video: Veronika Pauser and Claudia Schnugg

Part of the research project (St)Age of Participation,
supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, PEEK program, AR111