Trespass is the act of entering a space without permission, manipulating boundaries by either breaking through, shifting or avoiding them. The Trespass Project explores the most powerful and empathetic of human interactions – touch – and the complex aesthetic responses it produces in designed structures surrounding interacting performers, dancers and participating audiences. A seemingly unpredictable, ever transforming, interactive and stimulating environment, Trespass gives us the opportunity of becoming more conscientiously aware of ones own body. Once these unlimited possibilities of spatial experience are acknowledged, architecture can re-condition us to become over-stimulated in a semi-predictable manner. This we believe, in turn, reinvigorates the physical and visual relationship between architecture and its inhabitants.

In July 2015 Trespass – a collaboration between the Interactive Architecture Lab, Shobana Jeyasingh and the Department of Informatics and the Cultural Institute at King’s College London – presented a live performance between a robot and dancers choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh (full credits below). Following this event the Bartlett team has developed a second robot prototype for public interaction. The image below shows the work installed at the Bartlett BPro Exhibition in September. A film is in development.

Residency dates: 29th June–3rd July 2015, Anatomy Museum, King’s College London.

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