Posted: March 8, 2015
Inferno is a project conceived by Bill Vorn and Louis-Philippe Demers. I was brought into the Concordia University A-Lab as a graduate student to work on the implementation and development of this project. It is an exciting performance that involves live control of an audience that is literally controlled by a robotic exoskeleton. Twenty-four participants are installed and immersed into the robotic units that are controlled live on stage by Bill and Louis-Philippe who sort of DJ the audience. I helped to mill parts, build individual components and test the work at the Concordia University Hexagram Institute (in the Black Box). I have learned a lot about exoskeleton robotics, pneumatics, and human machine immersion design problems by working with Bill and Louis-Philippe on Inferno.
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The specificity of this performance project resides in the fact that the different machines involved in the show will be installed on the viewers’ body. The public will then become an active part of the performance. Depending of the kind of mechanism that they will be wearing, the viewers will be free to move or they will be in a partial or entire submission position, forced by the machines to act/react in a certain way. Some mechanical structures will coerce the viewers in performing certain movements; others will induce a physical reaction from them.