Archive for July, 2007
The close connection between hearing and the sense of balance, both located in our ears, is the focus of “Save Yourself!!!” by Hideyuki Ando, Junji Watanabe and Tomofumi Yoshida. Mobile technology and headphones are used in an unusual combination to make the participant move, not by dancing or tapping your feet to music, but by disturbing the sense of balance.
There is an English video on the
artist’s Japanese Website
The piece will be shown at the Ars Electronica Centre during the Ars Electronica Festival, 5-11September 2007.
From the Ars Website:
‘Slight stimuli generated by electrodes mounted on a set of headphones cause a disturbance to the part of the inner ear that’s responsible for maintaining balance.The visitor to this installation carries a container of water with an acceleration-sensor-equipped PDA floating on the water’s surface. The level of irritation to the sense of equilibrium is directly dependent on the motion of the water in the container. Slight stimuli can really get the user swinging and swaying!’
This is the artist’s website (with the above picture, site in Japanese).
“Save Yourself!!!” also won an award at the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2006 .
This video had me glued to the screen and wanting to go to ars electronica just to see “White Lives on Speaker” by Yuichi Ito and Yoshimasa Kato. Towards the end of the video you can see them hook up the brain wave system, in the first part you can see the alternative set up where you can interact by using your hands.
This piece received a Honorary Mention in the category Interactive Art at the 2007 Ars Electronica.
This work visualises sound’s potential for causing mobility in a playful way.
From the artists’s website:
‘The theme of our work is sculpture made through sound. The method of this work is a white liquid jumping on a speaker. This liquid is potato starch dissolved in water. A dilantancy phenomenon is observable when the mixing the potato startch in equal amounts of water. When stimulated, the dissolved starch becomes solid, yet returns to liquid when the stimulation is stopped. It is this phenomenon that we use in our work.
A lot of shapes can be observed via stimulation of the starch. This piece has two modes of excitation: one is with a constant frequency applied in sound. The second is by using the changing frequencies of the viewer’s brain waves, especially interactive when using alpha and beta waves. In some ways, our work is influenced by the idea of brainwave-modulated in Tarkovsi’s SOLARIS.
The viewer can see changes shaped by his or her own brain waves. Furthermore, touching the sculpture can be part of the interaction. This is a new way to experience one’s own brain waves.’
Check out Jo Ann Green’ post about joinig a mobile phone to Electric guitar pedals on Networked_Music_Review:
A basic live instrument Sebastian Tomczak wrote for his phone is routed through some cheap effects pedals. Download the app, view the code here. You will need a phone that is compatible with J2ME / Mobile Processing. You can find a list of some of the phones here. More info here. Also see …
Teri Rueb’s new work ‘Core Sample’ is on at ICA Boston / Vita Brevis, Art on the Harbor Islands, June 23 – October 8, 2007, Spectacle Island & ICA Founders Gallery. If I manage to go to conflux I’ll definitely make a trip to Boston to see it.
Teri was one of our invited speakers and gave a great keynote at the Fourth International Mobile Music Workshop in Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2007. Hosted by STEIM and Waag. Photos and notes about her keynote are on the blog and on we-make-money-not-art .
Nick Mariette reviews some audio augmented reality projects in one part of his paper
Mariette, N. (2006). Perceptual Evaluation of Spatial Audio for “Audio Nomad” Augmented Reality Artworks. Paper presented at the Engage, Sydney.
The focus of this review is on the user perception evaluation and the following projects are included: Hear&There, Walk in the Wired Woods, LISTEN, The Personal Guidance System (PGS), Tactical Sound Garden.
His forthcoming paper
Mariette, N. (2007). From Backpack to Handheld: The Recent Trajectory of Personal Location Aware Spatial Audio. Paper presented at the Perth Digital Arts Conference (PerthDAC 2007), Perth
looks also interesting.
For both paper see