UP: Umbrella Project - 28 Oct, 7pm

A chance to join UP: Umbrella Project, with the world-renowned Pilobolus and MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), this October as part of the River Nights 2016 Festival!

The internationally acclaimed performance group Pilobolus collaborates with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) to create UP: Umbrella Project, bringing together hundreds of participants in this large-scale, live performance-cum-collaborative art.

Equipped with a colour-changing umbrella, participants become “human pixels” to create brightly coloured, patterned movements, projected live onto a large video screen. Do you go with the flow in colourful harmony, or stand out like a dash of red in a sea of blue and green? The decision is yours!

Have questions? Email nhb_acm_prog@nhb.gov.sg if your answers are not addressed below.

What do I have to do to join?
Register here on Peatix or at the Asian Civilisations Museum at 7pm to join this unique group project! No background in arts or performance needed.

Exchange your NRIC or driving licence for a participant's pass.

Gather at the Empress Lawn at 8.15pm to collect your colour-changing umbrella and prepare to join the show!

Who can join the Umbrella Project?
UP: Umbrella Project is suitable for anyone 13 years old and older. For safety, young children are not allowed to take part.

If I can't join, I'd like to watch the show. When is the Umbrella Project?
The show is at 8.45pm at the Empress Lawn, in front of Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall.

Can I keep the umbrella?
We are glad you like our cool umbrellas, but please return them after the performance. We need them back for the next show!

Where can I learn more about Umbrella Project?
Each UP participant is provided an umbrella equipped with red, green and blue LED lights. Using hand controllers designed by researchers in the MIT Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL, participants, functioning like “human pixels,” can independently change the color of their umbrellas. Guided by the Pilobolus creative team, participants then use these umbrellas to create images projected in real time on a large outdoor screen — producing a colourful and ever-changing display that is both an experiment and live art.

In exploring this kind of collective behaviour, the Umbrella Project advances the study of “swarm intelligence” in the hopes that these insights can be applied to design more human-like robots. Be part of this social experiment, as one of the participants for UP.

What is River Nights?

River Nights 2016
21, 22, 28, 29 October 2016
7 to 11pm
Free admission

River Nights 2016 is returning for its third consecutive year to celebrate Empress Place as a creative playground for both artists and visitors. Organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and in collaboration with National Arts Council as the principal partner, this year’s theme of “Phantasmagoria” will inspire and delight through four nights of magic and illusion. Join in the fun with the massive 100-person Umbrella Project, a technological collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pilobolus, immerse yourself in the Soundscape of the River, blending poetry, spoken words, dance, opera, and drum beats, and witness the first ever Noh play performance with 3D projection in the world.
Fri Oct 28, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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