Object Int’l —

A rock is a perfect metaphor, an allegory in volume. When placed its sculptural limits beget a kind of artistic proposition — and when considered with reduced anthropomorphism and ungeologically — produce a ready-made analog to the causation and bounds of our attempts at the understanding of all things.

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GestureLab X__ concept


GestureLab Y_ proposition for DIGITAL GESTURES, Royal College of Art, 2020.

_____Working gesture: from biofeedback to soundscapes

I wish to develop an approach, which uses EMG/EKG sensors, contact mics and accelerometers as acoustic pickups of body gestures and propose a model, which translates data into gestic soundscapes.

Instead of using expensive ready-made product like Bitulino or Myo, I wish to work with DIY sensors and Arduino boards. This would significantly lower the cost, allow for different organisation/sharing between participants and reduce a chance of becoming obsolete.

Current open source solutions, which translate data from Myo into OSC or Midi controller, focus mostly on delivering audio-visual performance. Additionally, Myo gesture armband has now been discontinued. I am interested in drawing on these sources yet the intention is not to create musical score per se but to generate echoes of existing labours while they are enacted. I wish to combine translated echoes with actual sounds of internal bodily effort as picked up through contact mics or MEMS accelerometers. I envisage a range of soundscapes from a gesture of hairdresser to that of a pool cleaner, from gestic professional to public mimicking the actions.

There are therefore distinct stages to the project: 1) learning how to build DYI body sensors and retrieve data; 2) developing methods to translate biofeedback into acoustic outputs. Both stages involve selecting hardware/software, learning basic assembly, coding, MIDI principles and testing. I will work with physical computing and sound technicians (John Wild, Ioannis Galatos) and participants/volunteers from previous GestureLabs.

Space of a Haircut: Between the Acromion and the Neurocranium
Image modelled from a photograhic documentation of haircutting using photogrammetry software.
2018, Image @artist own

A gesture of haircutting carves out a space between my hair and the arm of the hairdresser. A cross-pollination between the object, action and a score for the encounter with imagined instruction. A model to preform a movement across space. I am rather fond of the expression “extended object-hand”.