Performance in the dome at the SAT in Montreal.

Tangles and Blooms

Tangles and Blooms is a performed animation created specifically for the dome at the Societé Des Arts Technologiques (SAT) in Montreal. The work was part of the SIGCHI art exhibition, connexions, curated by Thecla Schiphorst, Andruid Kerne, Luc Courchesne, and Kristina Andersen.

Based on the poem ode to the gillyflower by Pablo Naruda, the work consists of a base animation and a base soundtrack which are enhanced with live procedural sounds and graphics triggered by two performers in VR headsets in the dome.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


I Am Afraid

I Am Afraid is a networked virtual reality application (currently for the Daydream platform) where multiple people can create interactive sound sculptures using their own voice.

Words are recorded and rendered as textual objects in the environment. Non-word sounds can also be recorded and are represented as abstract paper ball-like objects. The word objects can be played back through touch at any speed, direction, position. Paper balls loop their sounds when touched.

Custom loops through words and paper balls can be drawn, recorded, and played back, creating a layered soundscape that evolves dynamically through interactive and collaborative actions.

The application can be used for voice and sound exploration/composition, and performance.



Dual is a virtual reality dance performance where two dancers (Maria Lantin and Ken Perlin) create visuals and sounds for an audience. The dancers’ location and head orientation are tracked with a motion capture system. A controller held in one hand is also tracked.

The dancers see a different view of the world than that generated for the audience. The dancers’ view contains stage cues as well as movement guides for certain triggered events during the performance. The dancers see each other as oriented avatar heads with one tracked hand. The audience see the dancers as representations of black holes circling each other.



Manipulation is a Digital Puppetry Theatre piece where motion tracked objects (proptics) and performers created a performance that was both virtual and physical.  The performance was part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival and took place in the Motion Capture Studio of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. It consisted of three 15-minute acts, each with an increasing amount of physical performance. All three acts used tracked physical objects and bodies to puppeteer virtual objects or characters in a virtual story world. The virtual world was projected on a screen behind the performers.