by Arvid Tomayko-Peters and Steve Schwartz

Oleophobic is a live performance piece where colored oil and water blobs are manipulated on stage to create live visuals and music. The polar and non-polar liquids repel each other and create slowly morphing shapes that are tracked by a camera and used to control sound though additive synthesis and sample scrubbing. The blobs also form 'notes' within a looping sequencer that can be overlaid onto any rectangular area of the video by the performer and sped up, slowed down, reversed and split between two independent instruments. Pan, volume and other parameters are also controlled by various attributes of the individual blobs such as size, location and elongation.

The same oleophobic and hydrophobic properties of molecules that keep this oil and water separate also form the basis of the construction of the cell membranes of every living organism, making this polar-non-polar interaction a primordial necessity for life.

Arvid Tomayko-Peters: Audio/Video Manipulation, Programming
Steve Schwartz: Oil/Water Manipulation, Apparatus Construction

Performed October 1, 2010 at the Pixilerations Festival
Grant Recital Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI

Thanks to Bevin Kelley, James Moses and Brown Knoth (I think?) for shooting the film and producing the concert.

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