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COMBATscience Augmented, 2018

Augmented reality installation
Dimensions variable
HoloLens (version 1, development edition), holder; moving image, sound. Duration: 5-10 min.

In collaboration with Patricia Köstring
Software design: Thomas Hochwallner; Support programming: Johannes Hucek, Peter Koger, Norbert Unfug; Scan and recording technics: Thomas Hochwallner, Fritz Ölberg, Gabriel Schönangerer; Software research: Thomas Hochwallner, Stefan Fischer
actors: Maria Schuchter, Thomas Kamper


COMBATscience Augmented takes the con­tents of the 2008 multimedia environment COMBATscience, realised in cooperation with Cathrin Pichler in the Volkstheater in Vienna, and transforms them into another sensory setting. The life stories of scientist Fritz Haber (1868–1934) and his wife, the chemist Clara Immerwahr (1870–1915), serve as the background from which different scenarios are developed. They address issues of scientific responsibility between feasibility and ethics within science.

Fritz Haber and Clara Immerwahr were a couple with opposing mindsets: In World War I Haber employed his knowl­edge as the head designer of German gas warfare; the pacifist Immerwahr commit­ted suicide following the first gas attack by German forces.The estrangement of the spouses had already begun far ear­lier: The ambitioned Clara Immerwahr, one of the first females with a doctor’s degree in Germany, was nudged out of the laboratory and pushed into the role of wife and assistant.

Whereas the visitors were led through a 50-minute performative collage at the Volkstheater, now the viewers navigate between condensed stations of the sto­ryline with wireless data goggles (Holo­Lens). Digital holographic miniatures and scenarios unfold amidst the real sur­roundings.In contrast to the atmosphere of the theatre, the installation is experi­enced from an individual viewpoint.

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COMBATscience Augmented takes the con­tents of the 2008 multimedia environment COMBATscience, realised in cooperation with Cathrin Pichler in the Volkstheater in Vienna, and transforms them into another sensory setting. The life stories of scientist Fritz Haber (1868–1934) and his wife, the chemist Clara Immerwahr (1870–1915), serve as the background from which different scenarios are developed. They address issues of scientific responsibility between feasibility and ethics.

Fritz Haber and Clara Immerwahr were a couple with opposing mindsets: In World War I Haber employed his knowl­edge as the head designer of German gas warfare; the pacifist Immerwahr commit­ted suicide following the first gas attack by German forces.The estrangement of the spouses had already begun far ear­lier: The ambitioned Clara Immerwahr, one of the first females with a doctor’s degree in Germany, was nudged out of the laboratory and pushed into the role of wife and assistant.

Whereas the visitors were led through a 50-minute performative collage at the Volkstheater, now the viewers navigate between condensed stations of the sto­ryline with wireless data goggles (Holo­Lens). Digital holographic miniatures and scenarios unfold amidst the real sur­roundings.In contrast to the atmosphere of the theatre, the installation is experi­enced from an individual viewpoint.


Exhibitions:
2018, #fuckreality, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna (AT)