Ars Telematic (2017)

An interactive sound and light installation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for Sound Scene X.

Conceived and executed in collaboration with Alan Watts. Sound Scene, an annual festival dedicated to the celebration of sound expressed as art and educational tool, is organized by the DC Listening Lounge.

Project Description

The museum visitor is unaware of the pressure their presence places on the rarified museum environment. Bodies radiate heat, clothes shed dirt and dust, open doors spill in humidity. The dissonance generated by the imbalance of environmental standards is invisibly managed by the museum via sophisticated sensors and systems.

 

The installation measures, amplifies, and visualizes this tension and the resulting inharmonic ratios. Temperature, humidity, and distance data are processed to generate reactive outputs of light and sound as feedback that stimulates meta-awareness in the user.

Components

  • Arduino

  • Temperature, humidity, and ranging sensors

  • LEDs

  • Speakers

  • Max

  • Various synthesizers and effects

photos by Neal Johnson and Alan Watts

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