On the 4th of march, the interactive multimediaproject Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth (Prototype 05.1) will be shown during the event M HKA OUTPUT II organised by Champ d'Action and M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp). Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth is the final performance in a series realized by the collective Office Tamuraj and the curator Astrid David.
In Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth , a renewing interactive multimedia system, the EMO-Synth plays a central role. This soft and hardware system automatically generates music and manipulates images to bring the user in certain predefined emotional states. During performances of the project the emotional reactions of the volunteers are measured and processed using biosensors that register various psychofysiological parameters such as heart rate (ECG) and stress level (GSR, galvanic skin response). Due to its outspoken multidisciplinary character the EMO-Synth project comprises several techniques involving artificial intelligence (genetic programming, machine learning, reinforcement learning,...), affective computing, advanced statistical modeling and automatic sound generation and image manipulation techniques.
For the realisation of Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth, the EMO-Synth is integrated for the first time into a cinematographic setting. During the performances at M HKA OUTPUT II, the EMO-Synth will seek to automatically generate ideal personalized soundtracks with maximal emotional impact for re-edited versions of dedicated experimental video material. For the automatic music generation use is not only being made of synthesized sounds but also of live musicians directed by the system using virtual scores.
The performances of Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth (Prototype 05.1) relies on the most recent prototype - Prototype 05.1 - of the EMO-Synth. This prototype was realized during a residency and exhibition Tangible Feelings at the Center for Digital Cultures and Technologies (iMAL) in september 2011. For the event M HKA OUTPUT II by CHAMP/EXP, a performance of Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth (Prototype05.1) will be presented realized in collaboration with Champ d'Action directed by Serge Verstockt. The involved musicians of Champ d'Action are Kathleen Coessens (piano, keyboard), Ann Eysermans (double bass, harp), Tim Vets (e guitars) and Ko Kowalsky (e guitars). During the performances the video Black and White life by Ann Eysermans will be remixed by the EMO-Synth.
For more info on the EMO-Synth project please visit http://www.emo-synth.com
Video editing by Kathleen Coessens
Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth (Prototype 05.1) was realised with the support of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (http://www.vaf.be), Flanders Image (http://www.flandersimage.com) and iMAL (http://www.imal.org)
This is a trailer video from the interactive multimedia project Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth. This project was realised with the support of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (http://www.vaf.be) and Flanders Image (http://www.flandersimage.com) by the dynamic collective Office Tamuraj. More info on http://www.emo-synth.com. (Camera and by Ron Chiers and John Quet, video montage and editing by Ron Chiers)
This is a short video giving an impression of the premiere of the interactive multimedia project "Montage Cinema Revived by the EMO-Synth" (04/12/2009, art cinema OFFoff, Ghent, Belgium). (Camera by Ron Chiers and John Quet. Video montage and editing by Ron Chiers.)