A tiny character struggles to relay a poetic text from a wall mounted video display. Speaking of hope and despair, she is overwhelmed by the static emanating from a nearby, rotating radar antenna. It scrambles her signal and garbles her train of thought.
‘She poured her energy into the cracks and crevices that surround a life…’
‘He spread his sharp brittle soul thinly, in every direction till he blended into the world…’
‘He said: I’m working for pay and for pride and for you in fields we’ll harvest tomorrow…’
‘The phone rings twenty-five times, grating on her nerves. At the other end, the caller sinks in desperation….’
Cell Phone Xylophone was originally developed as part of PORTAGE, an artist and designer driven research project, led by Geoffrey Shea and Paula Gardner in the Mobile Experience Lab. It allows participants using a simple cell phone to control and play a networked, mechanical instrument. Created with Rob King, Ken Leung, Peter Todd, Leighanne Pahapill, Patricio Davila and Jennie Ziemiannin.
Viewers simply dial a toll free number and are then prompted to enter key presses. The patterns they enter correspond to arpeggios and loop several times. Their phone connects to a VOIP service which delivers their key presses to an Asterisk server which relays them to the control machine wired up to the xylophones custom controller board. This version was presented at MobileFest in Sao Paolo, Brazil. See more at www.mobilelab.ca.
I’ve been developing the code for an xbee mesh network to support this large, outdoor audio installation. The tricky bits were getting Arduino Waveshields to accept remote commands, and getting users’ GPS data into the system. So I thought I’d share what I learned on Git-Hub to make it easier for the next artist trying this:
Gigi Minor, a loose collective of artists based in Durham, Ontario, invited four accomplished filmmakers (Philip Hoffman, Ilse Gassinger, Iriz Pääbo and Myke Dyer) to make works which visually interpreted four of our their songs. Gigi Minor has performed the music live with the films at film festivals in Ontario and created a DVD / CD version.
The musicians are Geoffrey Shea and Philly Markowitz as well as Paul Nielsen, Gillian Inksetter, Randy Martin, Robin Rich and Chris Risk.
An anachronistic retelling of Canada’s involvement in World War I, as a contemporary event. The original site, created by Geoffrey Shea and Rodney Werden, used Flash and Cold Fusion and all sorts of technology that won’t play today. This is a sampling: the emails and headlines work, as do the sound clips…
This interactive waiting room has a pressure sensitive floor and an interactive video environment for kids to play with as they’re waiting for clinic appointments. Elaine Biddiss spearheaded the project and invite my class of senior design students to create the ambient play experiences. It just launched to the public this week.