Media Artist and Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts
Screenshot from the DVD-ROM
That's Kyogen
Interactive DVD-ROM, 2001

That's Kyogen is an interactive anthology of the Japanese Kyogen theater. Traditionally, Kyogen pieces are short satirical intermissions in longer Noh acts. Today, Kyoegn pieces are often performed just by themselves. The project That's Kyogen consists of two parts, an interactive DVD-ROM and four DVD-Videos. The interactive component of the project gives an in-depth analysis of Kyogen theater, its plays, roles, acting styles, stage, and props. Demonstrated and explained by the famous Kyogen actor Mansai Nomura, the DVD shows movements, gestures and expressions of the different characters in an analytical way. The DVD-Videos document performances of the most important Kyogen plays.

The project was realized in a collaboration of the Waseda University, Tokyo, and the Center for Art and Media (ZKM)

Volker Kuchelmeister: Production management, programming
Christian Ziegler: screen design
Andreas Kratky: Design, graphics
Yvonne Mohr: Video editing