Simultan Presence deals with the belief in individuality. Simultan
Presence states that there is no individuality. The entire system is
always influenced by the presence of others. Individuality starts
where people are aware of their non-individuality and where they gain
a maximum freedom from that insight. Interhuman constellations do not
increase in a linear way.
1 person = 0 connections to others
2 persons = 1 connection 2 options
3 persons = 3 connections 6 options
4 persons = 6 connections 12 options
5 persons = 10 connections 20 options
And this does not yet include all the connections to the environment
under the influence of which we find ourselves.
Spatial movement always takes place in connection with all other
elements in space. Every element is attached to a net in the
environment (ether). Whenever a new element (person) appears in
space, the movements adapt to this new element and start to
interact with it (evade it, sneak around it, come close to it,
withdraw from it). From this point onwards, a relation exists
according to which the individual movement is defined. As soon
as two objects are present in the observed space it is possible
to recognise emotional states between these elements (aggression,
gentleness, detachment, obtrusion etc.). The visitors’ behaviour
towards each other changes throughout the duration of their stay
in the visualisation of dependencies offered by Simultan Presence.
The visitor learns to use the system.
A motion tracking system (EyeCon) calculates the individual movement
data of people in a certain space. In order to avoid disturbance
through daylight or projections, an infrared spotlight and an
infrared camera are used. The movement data is transferred to the image
processing computer via a UDP/OSC network. Each person is then
visualised by the computer as a circle which is extended or reduced
in size, depending on the dynamics of the person's movement.