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A Virtual Reality, geolocated performance, taking place in downtown Kansas City.

Live performance on Saturday, August 24th at 6:15pm at Union Station East Plaza adjacent to the KC Streetcar Stop

VR videos at 4th and Delaware (West side), 9th and Main (East side), and Union Station Streetcar stops.

June 10th- September 10th, 2019

Choreographer Jane Gotch in collaboration dancers Leo Gayden and Trina Warren, with videographer and VR consultant Ian Garrett, create site-responsive Virtual Reality dance performances at three Kansas City streetcar stops.

This work act like a microscope, directing attention towards overlooked and mundane locals within Kansas City. The videos generate a conceptual feedback loop by documenting and describing the City’s history, architectural features, and inhabitants while simultaneously inhabiting and becoming new virtual history and architecture.

Gotch reimagines what “public space” is, and how it is created and accessed within a city. Proposing that it isn’t just a segment of land designated by a city planner or council, but it is a mindset shared by the inhabitants who occupy any public space — literally, the ground they are standing on. Each person deserves a place within the city for respite, reflection, and interaction. This project leads by example, both in content and in the way the audience interfaces with it. The artists make space for the audience to also believe that they have permission to create and play in Kansas City.

photos: Lost Thought Productions

Instructions:

To watch the Virtual Reality videos at one of the designated sites please follow these steps:

  • Go to the streetcar stop with your smartphone and VR headset if you have one (this will greatly enhance your experience).


  • Log onto the free Wi-Fi provided by Sprint (if you are a customer) or KCFreePublicWi-Fi through your phone settings.


  • Download the YouTube viewer app onto your device: youtube.com


  • Click the link below. It will lead you to a map of downtown KC.


  • You will find three pins, one for each streetcar stop: 4th and Delaware (West side), 9th and Main (East side), Union Station.


  • Click on the pin for the location you are at, and it will redirect you to a YouTube video for that streetcar stop.

  • A screen like this will appear. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner.

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  • Click on “Quality”, and choose the highest resolution that your device will support. 1440 and 2160 work the best.


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  • If you are using a headset, click on the mask icon.

  • Press PLAY, and stand near the designated place marker for the best experience.

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“public squared” would like to thank Art in the Loop and all of their donors for the generous support and funding of this project. Without their collaboration, creating this work would not have been possible. For more information on Art in the Loop, visit their website at: https://www.artintheloop.com