by Marisa Zanotti & Matthew Whiteside / Spin Network
We Are All Made of Stars is a mixed reality installation in which the audience are invited to explore the poetics and magic of astrophysics. Using 360° technology, new music, responsive sound installation and virtual reality headsets, the piece explores illusion, perception, mind-reading and time-bending including the story of two magicians and a disappearing act gone wrong.
We Are All Made Of Stars had a work-in-progress sharing at Summerhall in December 2017 - nearly 100 people visited the installation and gave us really useful feedback for the next phase of development. We will share documentation of the sharing here soon. You can read more about the development process at the project website madeofstars.space
Spin Network is the creative partnership of filmmaker Marisa Zanotti and composer Matthew Whiteside, who met as part of Magnetic North’s residency programme Rough Mix. They very quickly realised they had shared interests: responding to the poetic language of quantum physics, expanding perception through new technologies and exploring collaborative processes. Since 2016 they have emailed almost daily, exchanging ideas about composition from their very different processes toward creating a collaborative space. Their practical research has included studio time with Milton Lopes and Victoria Liddelle in work with performance and aerial dance, exploring 360° technologies in a shoot at Summerhall’s Demonstration Room, devising sound recording and mixing techniques, exploring sound and picture archives such as the NASA archive and talking to Dr Sheila Gilheany of the Institute of Physics in Ireland.