Research Workshop – Critical Thinking

A couple of sketches for the final ‘We Are Here’ presentation, with contributions from the Critical Thinking workshop group. The concept of presenting the objects in a dark space would help enhance the audio content.

Also useful for the final show piece is this Scientific American article about the brain compensating for the loss of one sense by enhancing others.

Super Powers for the Blind and Deaf.
The brain rewires itself to boost the remaining senses. If one sense is lost, the areas of the brain normally devoted to handling that sensory information do not go unused — they get rewired and put to work processing other senses. Brain imaging studies show the visual cortex in the blind is taken over by other senses, such as hearing or touch

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/superpowers-for-the-blind-and-deaf/

Space Rock – latest 3D prints

Some photographs of the latest 3D prints for We Are Here.

A visit to The Future…

…Starts Here exhibition at the V&A. Some photos from a visit on Friday 25th May.

Was also fascinated by the data visualisation of Stamen Design’s Big Glass Microphone. Have long been interested in how to turn environmental data such as electronic / radio signals and sound / vibration levels into aesthetically appealing  visual or audio representations. This is an engaging interactive example of how to do that. The piece visualises fibre optic cables places in a figure of eight around the Stanford University building. The cables pick up vibrations from the ground above (such as traffic) to create the visualisation.

This week’s research – 06/04/2018

Thinking this week about echo location, in the context of the space objects ‘talking’ to each other and sensing the distances between themselves.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_echolocation

Found some inspiring projects in A Touch of Code.  Most notably (so far):

  • Markus Kison’s Touched Echo, using sound conducted through bones. Visitors put themselves into the place of the people who shut their ears away from the noise of the explosions. While leaning on the balustrade the sound of airplanes and explosions is transmitted from the swinging balustrade through their arm directly into into the inner ear (bone conduction).
  • WhiteVoid’s ‘unstuck’ augmented game.
  • “Experiencing Abstract Information” by Jochen Winker and Stefan Kraiss
  • And Leonel Moura’s Robotarium. The first zoo in the world for artificial life.
  • Drawing Machine  by Fernando Orellana. Explores the notion of generative art or art that makes art on its own. The piece consists of a three tiered mobile sculpture that is driven by the vibration of a motor.

  • LITERALLY SPEAKING Torsten Posselt, Martin Kim Luge – transforms tweets from twitter-users into the sound of singing birds.
  • Kathrin Strumreich’s fabric machine. Two fabric loops, driven by a motor, create a division in space. Light sensors measure the opacity of the textile.

Love the design and the sounds of these Bivalvia mini synths.

And some musical inspiration for the Space Rock objects from Hatis Noit; especially the way the first track here plays with voice – using various layers, some treated and distorted, some not.