Joris on Constant
Constant has always used many media to express his artistic explorations and vision. Additionally, he was a great advocate for the adoption and experimentation with new technologies. While some of his utopian expectations of technology freeing human society from time-consuming simple labor to sustain its existence might be somewhat naive, his open and curious attitude for embracing technology for its creative and artistic potential strongly resonates with my own praxis.
As the ‘Enter new Babylon’ and related ‘Envision Mixed reality’ projects illustrate; Virtual Reality (VR), and its embodied connection to a physical environment in a so-called Mixed Reality (MR), asks for a new way of designing an interactive experience. Here artistic disciplinary traditions of writing for performance and scenography are redefined by the possibilities and limitations of a new medium. Like Constant, the participating design teams consisting of writers, designers, and theatre-makers have re-invented their praxis by embracing new technologies as an environment for artistic expression. This process of exploration and dialogue with new technologies is never finished and should be considered an art form in itself.