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Project Description (Shereen, Yolaine, Aaron, Daniel)

May 19th, 2009

Feeling components

In an intimate space defined by light and sound, there is a naturalness to what is happening. One is both an observer and a participant in the action taking place. We are attempting to develop an evolving “spiritual” atmosphere.

The general idea

A movable “intimate light box” follows a participant across the floor and “incorporates” each new participant (up to four participants at a time) with a simultaneous release of visible and audible “energy”. Video projection of water (Shereen) and sounds of water and wind (Yolaine) accompany this “voyage” around the exhibition space (quadrant below the movement detection camera). Abstract modulations of sound (Aaron’s drones) enliven and describe movement in the projection space. The camera’s detection algorithm is developed to enhance the overall effect of the participants’ experience (Morgan and Daniel) through an interactive relationship with the projection on the floor (or wall, or smoke screen, or ?).
Audio effects generated by data from other sensors in the Black Box space may be used to create a sense of pattern and “ambiance”.

Interactive stages of the “piece”

When no one in the space: homeostasis, sound happening, general lighting atmosphere.
When one person enters the space: a “light box” suddenly surrounds the participant, video projection, sound modifications.
When two people occupy the space: a second light box appears, video projection evolves, sound modifications.
When three people occupy the space: a third light box appears, video projection evolves, sound modifications.
If two or more people come into contact there is a “flash” of released energy which is subsequently reabsorbed.

Technical Elements

Motion tracking from top mounted video camera
Video projection from top mounted projector
Quadraphonic audio
Smoke screen (vapor cloud)

Input Sources

Floor Sensors (someone is watching the activity in the piece and “dancing” in accompaniment in another quadrant)
4 nodes
32 slots (4 nodes x 8 slots each)
Range scaled to 0-255

Video Tracking
1 node
2 slots (X/Y position)

External Data selected from different Nodes and Slots in the Black Box space (pendulum, accelerometers, etc.)

Author: daniel Categories: Progress, Projects Tags:

Workshop Photos - May 16th, 2009

May 17th, 2009

Here are a few photos giving a sense of the Hexagram Black Box space, the group brainstorming sessions on Saturday and the technology deployed to establish a network of sensors and participants.

Author: daniel Categories: Progress Tags:

Daniel Mace

May 17th, 2009

I am a multidisciplinary artist with experience in the following media and techniques:
Stone sculpture, wood sculpture, wood engraving,  steel and aluminum welding, silver soldering, ceramic sculpture and turned pieces, concrete sculpture, mold making, wax sculpture, plaster sculpture, assemblage, oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, drawing, woodblock printing.

I have  Computer and Web experience:
Familiar with Windows, Mac and Linux Operating systems.
Diagnostic and repair of computer hardware and software.
Website creation including all photography, photoshop work, css, html, php.
Web savvy since the early 1990’s.

My electronics studies, experience and interests:
2008 = Electronics for Artists (Peter Flemming - Concordia)
2009 - Sound for Artists (Kathy Kennedy - Concordia)
My personal explorations in electronics began with audio applications.
I’ve built lm386 amps, 741 op-amp circuits, a few oscillators, a mini-synth, an FM Transmitter, an Arduino based theremin, a PAIA Theremax theremin, a few electro-acoustic instruments using recycled speakers, a dozen rudimentary FM transmitter circuits using an SC2001 transistor and sundry components.    Currently I’m retrieving sensor components from electronics destined for the landfill in order to resuscitate them in interactive and environmental sensor-actuator environments for performance and other art works.

Born and raised in New Hampshire, USA, having traveled widely, I’ve lived 26 of the last 28 years in Gaspé, Québec.

Arts Website: http://www.danielmace.ca/arts/

Author: daniel Categories: Participants Tags:

Intense Movement (Shannon, Matti, Nick, Daniel)

May 17th, 2009

Context: 20 minutes or so spent exploring the dynamics and qualities of different types of intense sensed movement.

We began by describing different dynamics and qualities of intense movement.
We discussed the movements of animals and found the naturalness (the unintentional execution) of these movements attractive in that there are inherent ordering principles expressed through them.

We listed some sources of normal motion:
Bird Fluttering
Light flickering rhythm and physical displacement of Fireflies, a natural network of syncronized entities
Stomping of an elephant
Human body walking normally

We next discussed some sensor applications permitting the mapping of natural movements.
The Interpretation of patterns could be facilitated through the enhancement of minimal cues (movement, light, sound) and their subsequent AMPLIFICATION.
Where? BioDome?
The interest of using Cross modalities of input vs. output to further “enhance” the sensor data’s delivery included translating:
Light to Movement
Movement to Sound (ex: wind)
Sound to Light
One to one mapping was suggested.
Who is this for? This is primarily for the Viewer.

Author: daniel Categories: Ideas Tags: