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Interactive Installations : Body Language
by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council
hand-built cameras, processor for
Body Language (1984)
Body Language represents
the second generation of interactive sound installations I created.The
installation used three hand-built low-resolution (8x8 pixels) video cameras
(see image above) to observe a 5 metre by 5 metre space. The images from
the cameras are digitized by a system that used 3 6502 processors in parallel.
This information about motion was relayed to an Apple ][ computer. The
computer searched for movements in these images, analysed them and created
sounds in response, simultaneous to the movement itself. The sounds were
produced by custom software running on a Mountain Hardware Digital synthesizer
sitting in the Apple ][. Any movements made by people within the space
create sounds whose qualities reflected the qualities of the movements.
History (evolved from
in mid 1984)
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University
of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada.
"ElectroCulture", ArtCulture Resource
Center, Toronto, Canada.
Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences,
McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada.
A Space, Toronto, Canada.
National Museum of Science and Technology,
MacDonald-Stewart Gallery, University
of Guelph, Guelph, Canada.
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