A participative robotic art performance by
LP Demers & Bill Vorn
Montréal (Québec) Canada, Singapore
© 2015

Produced with the help of
The Canada Council for the Arts
Coproduced with the help of
ACREQ-Elektra, La Maison des Arts de Créteil, Arcadi (Paris)
Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec



Inferno is a robotic performance inspired by the representation of the different levels of hell as described in Dante's Inferno or the Singaporean Haw Par Villa's Ten Courts of Hell (which is based on a Chinese Buddhist representation). In Inferno, the "circles of hell" concept is mainly an artistic framework, a general working theme under which the different parts of the performance are regrouped. It is observed that under these two cultural representations, each "level of hell" corresponds to a particular form of punishment for a particular sin. In the many depictions of Hell, the punishments are always carried on the human body and not directly at the psychological level. The excruciating pain and also the eternal aspect of the punishment induces the latter.

The specificity of this performance resides in the fact that the different machines involved in the show are installed on the viewers' body. The public then becomes an active part of the performance. Sometimes the viewers are free to move; sometimes they are in a partial or entire submission position, forced by the machines to act/react in a certain way. Some mechanical elements coerce the viewers in performing certain movements; others induce a physical reaction from them. For this performance of about an hour long, we have built 25 wearable robotic structures very similar to exoskeletons.



Performances & Exhibitions


• Athens Digital Arts Festival 2018
Athens, Greece
May 24 to 27, 2018

• Meta.Morf 2018 Festival
Trondheim, Norway
March 9 and 10, 2018

• Noviembre Electrónico Festival 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 23 to 26, 2017

• Da Vinci Creative Festival, Seoul Art Space
Seoul, Korea
October 20 and 21, 2017

• Teater Nordkraft
Aalborg, Denmark
August 22 and 23, 2017

• Elektra Festival 2017, Usine C
Montreal, Canada
June 28 and 29, 2017

• Polytechnic Museum Festival
Moscow, Russia
May 27 and 28, 2017

• Update_6, New Technological Art Awards
Ghent, Belgium
November 5 to December 4, 2016

• Beijing Media Arts Festival 2016
Beijing, China
September 28 to 30, 2016

• CyberArts 2016 exhibition, Prix Ars Electronica
Linz, Austria
September 8 to 18, 2016

• Elektra Festival 2016, Arsenal
Montreal, Canada
June 3 and 4, 2016

• Hek - Haus der elektronischen Künste
Basel, Switzerland
February 12 to 14, 2016

• Némo Festival, Prosopopées Exhibition
Paris, France
December 5, 2015, to January 31, 2016

• ZKM Globale, Exo-Evolution Exhibition
Karlsruhe, Germany
October 30, 2015, to February 28, 2016

• Roma Europa Festival, Digitalife Exhibition
Rome, Italy
October 9 to December 6, 2015

• Device Art Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
September 26 and 27, 2015

• Stéréolux
Nantes, France
April 14 and 15, 2015

• Exit 2015 Festival
Créteil, France
April 3 and 4, 2015


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