August 8th, 2022
Categories: Animation, Applications, Multimedia, Software, User Groups, Video / Film, VR, VR Art, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
Hummingbird: is a modern, innovative performance merging live theater and interactive virtual reality by bringing a group of active participants into a shared space for a live performance. The performance premiered as part of Chicago’s Tony Award-winning Goodman Theatre New Stages Festival showcasing innovative and ground-breaking theater works in December 2021. This project bridges art, science and live theater through a collaborative research effort between computer science and design faculty and students at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) and Chicago theater directors, actors, videographers and producers. Hummingbird’s story celebrates courage and coming of age through the eyes of a gutsy teen who must outsmart her mother&rsquo's narcissistic boss and survive dangerous new technology in a live, immersive adventure. Hummingbird extends traditional live theater and makes virtual reality art accessible to a broader audience, demonstrating how virtual reality can transform theatrical storytelling.
Applied computing - Arts and humanities; Performing arts; Human-centered computing - Collaborative and social computing; Collaborative and social computing theory, concepts and paradigms; Computer-supported cooperative work.
Virtual reality, Storytelling, Theater, Multi-user, Performance
Tsoupikova, D., Johnson, A., Cattell, J., Long, L., Nishimoto, A., Jyothula Priya, S., Shum, S., Hummingbird: A Collaborative Live Theater and Virtual Reality Adventure, ACM SIGGRAPH 2022 Immersive Pavilion, no 5, New York, NY, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 1-2, August 8th, 2022. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3532834.3536213