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Crew : W (Double U) (2008-2009) | by Marc Wathieu
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Crew : W (Double U) (2008-2009)

Picture from the performance at Artefact Festival, STUK, Leuven, february 2009.


Three years ago CREW presented U (raging standstill) at Artefact. This year, you can experience a new version of this controversial experiment. In W (double U), you see the world through another person's eyes. CREW has been investigating virtual reality and digital technologies in their performances for years.


Every 40 minutes, two visitors put on a helmet with a screen in front of their eyes and a camera on their head. From then on, they watch the world with the 'eyes' of the other one. Both have to find their way through the STUK building, depending on each other's instructions. W is a highly intense experience that forces us to question our trust in our own senses.


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About Crew :

Led by Eric Joris, Crew is one of the most experimental performance collectives in Flanders. For several years now, they have been researching virtual reality and digital technology in their performances.


"In 2008, as part of the IBBT's (Institute for Broadband Technology in Ghent) Art&D program, CREW received a grant to conduct research in collaboration with Philippe Bekaert of EDM (Expertise Centre for Digital Media of the University of Hasselt). The project enhances technological R&D for CREW, a pioneer in 'technological theatre'. More specifically, the project will focus on the development of three wide-area position and orientation tracking systems for on-stage use. These systems need to be easy to set up in a short time by theatre technicians, they need to be sufficiently reliable for live performance and at the same time be affordable and scalable to tens of targets. This technological development will be used in almost all of CREW's future projects, in first instance in O_Rex and W (double you)."


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Taken on February 11, 2009