We are happy to announce an ongoing collaboration with Third Life Project: HIRO. The group of researchers and artists will participate at NODE17 and present their research ideas which will be applied in an experimental setting during #NODE19.


Third Life Project: HIRO continues the networked international arts-based research collaboration between the Vienna-based performance artists Otto Krause and Milan Loviška, and a team of technologists from Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo, MIH Media Lab of Stellenbosch University, and Embedded Systems of University Duisburg-Essen. Informed by results of the initial phase (2014-2015), Third Life Project: HIRO takes on a new trajectory through the hybrid ecology of interfaces named HIRO that combines unique mixed reality environment with ubiquitous computing infrastructures and the environment is socially organized in the ways in which it affords collaboration. Playing with the aesthetic category of cute the HIRO ecology also investigates the processes of furrification and plushification of the digital and physical forms and their potential to encourage the participants’ interactions.
The research is planned at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2018 – 2020, and in collaboration with the project’s cultural partners: NODE Forum for Digital Arts and TodaysArt in The Hague.

Working at the cutting edge of live performance, artists Otto Krause and Milan Loviška have been collaborating in their Third Life Project with an international team of computer scientists on development of mixed reality performances, the term that expresses both mixing of the physical and the virtual as well as combination of live performance and interactivity. In Third Life Project: HIRO they set out on a new trajectory through a new ecology of interfaces to investigate particularly matters of immersion, interactivity and audience participation in a hybrid performance that adopts the style of an interactive art installation. Enabling interactions between participants, between participants and performers, and between participants and technology, the arts-based research explores the effects of both the ecology and the interactions it affords on immersion of the participants in performative settings.
The phenomenological approach of the study is designed with a desire to contribute to the understanding of the relationships between people and these forms of cultural interactive user experience, including the designing, prototyping and implementing of the technologies that support them. Employing the methodology of artist-led research in the wild, it puts emerging methodologies into new alignments and searches for new dramaturgies while re-inventing the existing ones that can help to interpret these experiences, multiuser platforms and hybrid forms. The way in which the project’s unique hybrid HIRO ecology attends to the multiuser collaboration and explores the effects of intensification of the audience participation on participants’ immersion might offer fresh insights into how the mechanisms of interaction can be further articulated in immersive performance settings.
The 30 months long research centres around six laboratories carried out together with the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2018 – 2020, and in collaboration with the project’s cultural partners: NODE Forum for Digital Arts in Frankfurt and TodaysArt in The Hague.


Team: Otto Krause, Milan Loviška, Herman Engelbrecht, Petri-Johan Last, Gregor Schiele, Alwyn Burger, Carsten Griwodz, Andreas Petlund, Pål Halvorsen.

The project will be presented during

Bundeskanzleramt Österreich