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Unander-Scharin, ÅsaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-3427-7281
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Eriksson, S., Unander-Scharin, Å., Trichon, V., Unander-Scharin, C., Kjellström, H. & Höök, K. (2019). Dancing With Drones: Crafting Novel Artistic Expressions Through Intercorporeality. In: : . Paper presented at ACM New York, NY, USA ©2019. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 12 pages. , Article ID 617.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dancing With Drones: Crafting Novel Artistic Expressions Through Intercorporeality
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2019 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Movement-based interactions are gaining traction, requiring a better understanding of how such expressions are shaped by designers. Through an analysis of an artistic process aimed to deliver a commissioned opera where custom-built drones are performing on stage alongside human performers, we observed the importance of achieving an intercorporeal understanding to shape body-based emotional expressivity. Our analysis reveals how the choreographer moves herself to: (1) imitate and feel the affordances and expressivity of the drones' 'otherness' through her own bodily experience; (2) communicate to the engineer of the team how she wants to alter the drones' behaviors to be more expressive; (3) enact and interactively alter her choreography. Through months of intense development and creative work, such an intercorporeal understanding was achieved by carefully crafting the drones' behaviors, but also by the choreographer adjusting her own somatics and expressions. The choreography arose as a result of the expressivity they enabled together.

Keywords
movement-based interaction, intercorporeality
National Category
Human Computer Interaction Performing Arts Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74133 (URN)10.1145/3290605.3300847 (DOI)000474467907074 ()978-1-4503-5970-2 (ISBN)
Conference
ACM New York, NY, USA ©2019. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 12 pages
Available from: 2019-06-02 Created: 2019-06-02 Last updated: 2019-08-16Bibliographically approved
(2019). ISAGEL-suite.
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2019 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Alternative title[sv]
ISAGEL-svit
Abstract [en]

During spring 2019, we decided to create a new work based on Harry Martinsson´s long suite of poems, Aniara. This decision was informed by both the commission from the International Gothenburg Organ Academy and on the fact that we have been interested in Aniara during a long time. In 1956, Swedish poet Harry Martinsson wrote and published his overwhelming poetry suite that depicts a space ship that has lost is course, having left an earth devastated by war and environmental disaster. His audience was surprised to read this new kind of poetry by their beloved and quite rurally oriented poet. The poems formed the basis for the opera “Aniara” from 1959, with a libretto by Erik Lindegren and music by Karl-Birger Blomdahl. The opera was a huge success and toured internationally.

In our adaption of Aniara, we chose the poems that depicts the female pilot Isagel. We wanted to find a way of picturing her relation to Mimaroben, a relation that is full of mutual respect and fascination for deep scientific thought as well as shared abhorrence for the cold, dark and lonely space outside of the ship. Also, they share concerns for the remaining few humans and their hopeless future in the vessel.

The music is composed for tenor and organ as well as the combination of “Observer-system” and dance that we have developed for our artistic work. In our version of Aniara, the church organ is a metaphor for the “Mima” (today we would call that the computer), whereas the Observer system is a metaphor for the “Gopta”-table where Isagel carries out her work with the “Jender” curves. Today we would probably call those things the touchscreen and the machine code. We also make use of another of our systems “The Throat” in order to dynamically change and extend the voice of the singer.

Furthermore, the music material is based on “astronomic tone series”, series of tones that are derived from astronomic numbers that can be discerned in Martinsson´s poem. Martinsson tells us that Aniara is headed for the Lyrae, far away. In 2015 – many years after Martinsson´s death – it was confirmed by Nasa that the planet Kepler 438 b in the Lyrae has a ESI (Earth similarity index) that is -0.88. This means that this planet, in fact, is the one with the closest similarity to Earth of all known planets yet. The Lyrae is 25.05 light years away from the Earth – and this number, together with other astronomic numbers, form the basis for the tonal series used in the work.

Choreography, Music, Dance, Observer: Åsa Unander-Scharin

Music, Tenor, Throat: Carl Unander-Scharin Organ: Hans Davidsson Alto: Amanda Flodin

Baritone: Karl-Peter Eriksson The Observer system and The Throat system are developed by Åsa Unander-Scharin, Carl Unander-Scharin and Ludvig Elblaus. In the system, recordings by Åsa Unander-Scharin (viola da gamba), Carl Unander-Scharin (harpsichord), Dorota Siuda (violin) and Hans Davidsson (orgel), are heard.

Keywords
Organ music, Opera, Dance, Interactive music technology
National Category
Music Performing Arts
Research subject
Musical Performance; Övrigt - Dans
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-76941 (URN)
Note

Validerad;2019;Nivå 1;2020-01-09 (svasva)

Available from: 2019-11-28 Created: 2019-11-28 Last updated: 2020-05-19Bibliographically approved
(2019). ReCallasMedea: opera-robotika-tijelo-umjetnost. Hrvatsko narodno kazalište Ivana pl. Zajca Rijeka
Open this publication in new window or tab >>ReCallasMedea: opera-robotika-tijelo-umjetnost
2019 (Croatian)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Alternative title[en]
ReCallasMedea : Opera-Robotics-Body-art
Abstract [en]

ReCallasMedea is an interdisciplinary, interactive opera that aims to explore the relationship between opera art and new technologies, what are the strengths and weaknesses of that relationship. The main goal of this project is to encourage the audience to explore and learn operatic vocals in a different environment from what is present in more standard opera forms. "ReCallasMedea" intertwines and opposes opera, dancing, robotics, video, new music and human-artists in an unusual, hybrid form that, in addition to the platform for experiment, is an homage to Maria Callas, the greatest opera artist of all time.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Hrvatsko narodno kazalište Ivana pl. Zajca Rijeka: , 2019
National Category
Performing Arts Music
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74134 (URN)
Available from: 2019-06-02 Created: 2019-06-02 Last updated: 2020-05-18
Elblaus, L., Unander-Scharin, Å. & Unander-Scharin, C. (2016). New Scenic Subjects: Explorations of a System of Autonomous On-Stage Observers (ed.). In: (Ed.), CHI EA '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Paper presented at CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems : 07/05/2016 - 12/05/2016 (pp. 265-268). New York: ACM Digital Library
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Scenic Subjects: Explorations of a System of Autonomous On-Stage Observers
2016 (English)In: CHI EA '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York: ACM Digital Library, 2016, p. 265-268Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper describes a full body interactive performance system where the users interact with a set of non-human observers. An observer is a sculptural scenic presence, vaguely anthropomorphic, equipped with a camera, that analyses the movements of the users, and creates a soundscape. The observers are movable but not mobile, meaning that their placement on stage defines a set of overlapping layers of activation for the users to interact with. This work aims to answer questions on what scenic subjects emerge from interacting with the observers, what new identities and relationships are established, and how we can use emotional and scenic components of these relationships to find new expressive qualities in stage productions

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: ACM Digital Library, 2016
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-37493 (URN)10.1145/2851581.2889470 (DOI)2-s2.0-85014701206 (Scopus ID)b8aa4a53-9cee-4c92-899f-0015126cd6be (Local ID)978-1-4503-4082-3 (ISBN)b8aa4a53-9cee-4c92-899f-0015126cd6be (Archive number)b8aa4a53-9cee-4c92-899f-0015126cd6be (OAI)
Conference
CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems : 07/05/2016 - 12/05/2016
Note

Godkänd; 2016; 20160519 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Unander-Scharin, Å. & Unander-Scharin, C. (2016). Robocygne: Dancing life into an animal-human-machine (ed.). Paper presented at . Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, 49(3), 212-219
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Robocygne: Dancing life into an animal-human-machine
2016 (English)In: Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, ISSN 0024-094X, E-ISSN 1530-9282, Vol. 49, no 3, p. 212-219Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Robocygne is an artistic project that revolves around the development of a custom-built robotic bird, dancing to a remix of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” The choreography was created through a process where movements were danced into the robot by the choreographer’s manipulation of the limbs, by hand, to the music. To enable this multi-tracking procedure, novel software was developed, allowing overlying recording of motions in synchronization with an audio-track. From an artistic perspective the authors discuss the search for choreographic and musical qualities and emphasize how material aspects of body and technology interrelate with emotional expression in Robocygne.

National Category
Music
Research subject
Music Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-4853 (URN)10.1162/LEON_a_01021 (DOI)000377626100013 ()2-s2.0-84970979633 (Scopus ID)2da88116-487e-4ae3-8915-46536602f29c (Local ID)2da88116-487e-4ae3-8915-46536602f29c (Archive number)2da88116-487e-4ae3-8915-46536602f29c (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 20140417 (asauna)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Andrikopoulos, G., Nikolakopoulos, G., Kominiak, D. & Unander-Scharin, Å. (2016). Towards the Development of a Novel Upper-Body Pneumatic Humanoid: Design and Implementation (ed.). In: (Ed.), 2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016: . Paper presented at 2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016, Aalborg, Denmark, June 29-July 1, 2016 (pp. 395-400). Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Article ID 7810317.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards the Development of a Novel Upper-Body Pneumatic Humanoid: Design and Implementation
2016 (English)In: 2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016, Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016, p. 395-400, article id 7810317Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this article, the conceptual design of a 14 Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) upper-body pneumatic humanoid is presented. The movement capabilities of this novel robotic setup are achieved via Pneumatic Artificial Muscles (PAMs), a form of actuation possessing crucial attributes for the development of biologically-inspired robots. To evaluate the feasibility of the humanoid’s design properties, a 5-DOF robotic arm is developed and experimentally tested, while being studied from the scope of implementing a robotic structure capable of producing smooth and human-like motion responses, while maintaining the inherent compliance provided by the PAM technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016
Keywords
Robotics, Information technology - Automatic control, Informationsteknik - Reglerteknik
National Category
Control Engineering Music
Research subject
Control Engineering; Musical Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-28632 (URN)10.1109/ECC.2016.7810317 (DOI)000392695300064 ()2-s2.0-85015088100 (Scopus ID)2806b389-8ca5-4483-8ca5-2195ba4c92f1 (Local ID)9781509025916 (ISBN)2806b389-8ca5-4483-8ca5-2195ba4c92f1 (Archive number)2806b389-8ca5-4483-8ca5-2195ba4c92f1 (OAI)
Conference
2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016, Aalborg, Denmark, June 29-July 1, 2016
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
(2015). Robocygne 2,0: Robocygne 2,0. Paper presented at . Stockholm: Dansmuseet
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2015 (Swedish)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Abstract [sv]

Robocygne Del i Dansmuseets Svansjö-utställning till och med 6 januari 2016. Robocygne 2,0 är en ny version av den dansande robotsvanen där vi bytt ut motorer, uppdaterat den mjukvara och det koreografiprogram som styr rörelsen.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: Dansmuseet, 2015
Keywords
Gränsöverskridande konst och teknik
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance; Innovative art and science (AERI)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-33739 (URN)b13b5f7e-9e9b-477f-8436-3e66fbd292b2 (Local ID)b13b5f7e-9e9b-477f-8436-3e66fbd292b2 (Archive number)b13b5f7e-9e9b-477f-8436-3e66fbd292b2 (OAI)
Note

Godkänd; 2015; 20151123 (asauna)

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2020-05-18Bibliographically approved
(2015). Work-in progress presentation of dance solo from ReCallas/Medea. Paper presented at . Stockholm: Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Work-in progress presentation of dance solo from ReCallas/Medea
2015 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Abstract [en]

Åsa Unander-Scharin: Dancer performing the voice of Maria Callas in The Oculi Vocem

Abstract [en]

Extended Opera Performance in honour of Stephen Hawking, in Reactor 1 KTH, Stockholm

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan, 2015
Keywords
Gränsöverskridande konst och teknik
National Category
Music
Research subject
Musical Performance; Innovative art and science (AERI)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-33347 (URN)1f9ac943-2876-40df-af69-8986a04e9159 (Local ID)1f9ac943-2876-40df-af69-8986a04e9159 (Archive number)1f9ac943-2876-40df-af69-8986a04e9159 (OAI)
Note

Godkänd; 2015; 20151123 (asauna)

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2020-05-19Bibliographically approved
Unander-Scharin, Å. (2014). Aktivitet: Chair of Assessment committee (ed.). Paper presented at .
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2014 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Artistic research programe at The Norwegian Academy of Music. Håkon Stene

National Category
Music
Research subject
Music Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-36711 (URN)c9cb3201-f770-49a8-8360-9d9b27960046 (Local ID)c9cb3201-f770-49a8-8360-9d9b27960046 (Archive number)c9cb3201-f770-49a8-8360-9d9b27960046 (OAI)
Note
Startdatum: 07/05/2014; Slutdatum: 15/11/2014; Roll: Medlem; Typ: Deltagande i utskott, kommitté, råd, nämnd, nätverk etc. - Medlemskap i sakkunnigkommittéAvailable from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Unander-Scharin, Å. (2014). Aktivitet: Chair of Assessment committee (ed.). Paper presented at .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aktivitet: Chair of Assessment committee
2014 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Artistic research programme at Konsthögskolorna i Oslo (KHiO)/ Operahögskolan

National Category
Music
Research subject
Music Performance
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-36428 (URN)353c8f2e-2b47-4efa-84c9-94f081cc4e96 (Local ID)353c8f2e-2b47-4efa-84c9-94f081cc4e96 (Archive number)353c8f2e-2b47-4efa-84c9-94f081cc4e96 (OAI)
Note
Startdatum: 29/03/2014; Slutdatum: 10/11/2014; Roll: Medlem; Typ: Deltagande i utskott, kommitté, råd, nämnd, nätverk etc. - Medlemskap i sakkunnigkommittéAvailable from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
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