Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tether

Here is a video of "Tether," a collaboration with artist Josh Cajinarobleto (first half of video):



My previous blog entries described it, but for those who dislike scrolling...we are both wearing boxes covered by these latex "organs." Each box has a spindle, with the cord connecting the two organs. We can crank the spindle, and that pushes a button. Also in the box is an Arduino, which counts the button pushes and maps that onto a tempo for the beeps. We each have an accelerometer as well - one axis controls frequency, the other controls duration. The sound is PWM output from the Arduinos (Arduini?), amplified and sent to two small speakers (which were also decorated with latex to resemble some kind of biomechanical growth).

It was a very hectic few days leading up to this performance, so this is actually the first time we ever performed, besides simple "yay! the accelerometer works!" tests. So we basically chose four actions and decided to perform them very slowly. First, we start close together and pull apart. Next, I pull Josh toward me. Then he wraps the cable around me. I escape, we pull apart, and he ends up on the floor. During the performance I decided to eventually hit the floor as well. We both like improvising so it ended up working fairly well.

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