The MuSE team was back at the Science Gallery tent in Electric Picnic this year with the new 100% hammer free High Striker. We used electromyography to extract muscular tension, and used that to light the bulbs and ring the bell of our high-striker. For now just a snapshot of one of our top contestants.. soon a blog post with more details.
Thanks to everyone that participated, it was great fun.
Chain of Emotion is an interactive sound installation premièred in the Science Gallery tent at Electric Picnic 2010. The installation is based on a previous installation: Ground Me! and uses the conductivity of the human body to generate different sounds.
Visitors are invited to make one or several connections between the chains around the tent in order to produce sounds. The sounds vary depending on the quality of the connection (e.g. surface of contact, number of people in the chain, level of relaxation of the participant)
Chain of Emotion was made by Javier Jaimovich, Niall Coghlan and Ben Knapp. Special thanks to the MuSE group at SARC and the Science Gallery in Dublin.
AffecTechis an interactive audio-visual installation which uses physiological signals from the human body to explore notions of presence, action and reaction, as experienced by the viewer. Born in the grey area where art and science meet, the installation uses sensor enhanced chairs, cameras, interactive visuals and surround sound audio to place 2 viewers into the virtual world where the mediascape is dependent on and reactive to, the similarity or disparity of their bio-signals.
Viewers are asked to sit in one of the two chairs and place the palm of one hand over the two copper electrodes mounted on the arm. This will read information from your body, which will control all you see and hear. If the other chair is occupied you may experience brief moments of harmony with the other occupant. This is normal, do not be alarmed.
AffecTech is a collaborative installation between the School of Creative Arts at Ulster University and the MuSE research group at the Sonic Arts Reserach Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast. It was comissioned for the pre-symposium of the ISEA2009 conference.
Authors: Niall Coghlan, Benjamin Knapp, Javier Jaimovich, Donal O’Brien, Miguel Ortiz, Terry Quigley
Ground Me! is an interactive sound installation that was held in the Sonic Lab of the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast on May 19, 2008 by Javier Jaimovich. The installation addressed three main topics of interest to the author: site-specific art installations, body impedance as a form of sound generation and people’s behavior when asked to interact with electrical objects and with other human beings.
You can see some photos or videos of the installation. This installation was also reviewed as a paper in the NIME2010 conference, you can check the reference and paper under publications.
Thanks to all the people who attended and specially to María Ponce for her help during the set-up, Bertram Knappitsch for the videos and Chris Chong for some really cool pics.