AN INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT INSTALLATION.
Span Galleries (Audio Visual Room) - 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia, in May, 1998
Map 1 explores ways in which humans develop and re-evaluate cognitive mappings of personal relationships with their environment. Human expectations, frustrations, desires and experiences are usually expressed to the outside world as a physical or aural response.
Sophisticated sensing technologies in map 1 (David Rockeby's fabulous VNS) observe the physical movements of people within the installation providing information about the mass, dynamic and direction of movement within predefined independent regions. The movement data is fed to artificial intelligence software that has been trained with a huge range of possible outcomes.
This control data is used to drive a realtime sound (granulatr synthesis) process, the source material, being the sounds made by those within the installation. James McCartney's wonderful Supercollider software is used to do the granulation. Other audio, including text elements and prepared piano, are introduced into the space according to visitor movement patterns.
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