Protocol is an intelligent drumming system. It features a multi-modal interface and non-verbal communication system that networks and integrates a human participant with a group of intelligent digital agents that can sense and communicate with humans via sound, rhythmic patterns and electrical stimulation of the human participant’s skin.

A group of drums and a belt equipped with electro-tactle stimulators send electrical pulse to the participant's skin. These elements, in addition to spatialized sound, serve as the two-way communication interface between the human participant and the agents.

Protocol represents an exploration of how a human and a physically situated, autonomous technological system can intertwine, interrelate and co-develop mutually shared meanings. The piece makes inquiries into notions of bodily and other non-symbolic forms of communication and intelligence. In so doing, it may reorient our perceptions and experiences with intelligent systems.

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