Intimate Transactions

Presented by the Brisbane Festival 2006, and Centre Of Contemporary Art, Cairns and conceived and developed by Transmute Collective, Intimate Transactions is a new type of interactive installation that allows two people, located in geographically separate spaces, to interact simultaneously using only their bodies. As this highly immersive experience evolves through digital image, sound and tactile feedback, each person begins to sense their place in a complex web of relations that connects them and everything else within the work.

VENUES: The Block, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Musk Ave, kelvin Grove & Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns. DATE & TIME: Sat 15 – Sat 22 Jul; 11am – 2pm & 3pm – 6pm daily; Individual sessions every half hour. DURATION: 30 minutes per session. TICKETS: FREE event. BOOKINGS: Brisbane: 07 3864 5495; Cairns: 07 4050 9493.

Intimate Transactions has been shown extensively in Europe and Australia. It was awarded an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica Interactive Arts category, 2005.

Transmute Collective are Keith Armstrong (Director), Lisa O’Neill and Guy Webster, and numerous key collaborators.

I had the opportunity to experience Intimate Transactions last year and it was an amazing experience.  While I found it quite a physical exercise and I was probably concentrating too muc, it was surprising to find myself adapting and modifying my movements so that I could engage with someone a thousand miles away… literally like dancing with a partner who isn’t here but tangibly over there…

If you get the chance to experience this for yourself don’t let it slip away… I suspect dance and drama educators will find this fascinating.. it puts the meat.. the body… back into the interface.

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