CINÉSENSE ─ PERFORMING PICTURES Chapter 9 Robert Brecevic, Geska Brecevic, Karin Becker A smartly dressed businessman with a leather briefcase stands in a snow-covered landscape. He fidgets. Looks up anxiously,.. Then falls down flat - like a felled tree. The man in question is on a large screen. His fall is triggered by an inquisitive onlooker. It's about film, or more precisely sensor-controlled video clips and the performative potential of moving pictures.
The Cinésense project took place on streets and squares, arrival halls and shopping temples, libraries, shops and shop-windows. Dramatically condensed characters were introduced to an uninitiated audience in a public place. Together, artists and researchers could then study how time and space on and in front of the screen (in and outside the fiction) can be interwoven into a performative space. The project examined not only how to develop interactive storytelling within film but also how an onlooker - whose role is extended to become a more or less involuntary participant - is affected. The interaction is crucial; the basis of film is to provoke inquisitiveness, which in turn challenges film to develop new approaches.