Drift is a 12 channel audiovisual installation by hc gilje:
12 nodes, each with a computer,flatscreen and speakers, are placed in a circle.
The nodes are connected over a wireless network, but each node only relate to its neighbour: It knows when a image is coming and knows where to pass it on to.
Images travel clockwise across the network. The images leave traces. The image and traces are processed in realtime individually on each node and a sound is generated from the video, based on a given frequency. There are 4 base frequencies for the sound distributed among the different nodes, creating chords.
Each node has the same set of rules for how to behave, but they make individual choices (using the dice analogy, all the nodes follow the same rules for what happens if they get a 1 or a 6, but they throw their own dice, which will get different results on the different nodes).
There are also a few states or moods which change on a global level: the change happens on all the nodes simultaneously, switching between nervous, relaxed or more intense behaviour.
The overall result is an everchanging surrounding audiovisual landscape.
The first version of drifter was developed for my solo show at Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst in march 2006, the next version was shown at Rom for kunst+arkitektur in april 2006.