MUSIC AND INSTRUMENT DESIGN: MIYA MASAOKA, VIDE.O PROJECTION: MICHELLE HANDELMAN, MOVEMENT: MARIKO MASAOKA-DREW, READING: ARNOLD DAVIDSON. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2010. The LED KIMONO has nearly 500 hand sewn LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) are soldered into a grid an inch apart, creating am extreme low resolution cloth monitor display, where pixels are an inch apart. Used in Installation and performance, this monitor displays in real time and can abstractly reveal movement and shapes. Alternatively, the computer code controlling each individual light can create patterns that move in precise ways. As an interface, it is also tricked out with movement sensors that respond to the motion of the wearer and can process parameters of sound and light.
In this installation, highly sensitive electrodes are connected between the leaves of the philodendron and a laptop computer. The electrodes and computer give “voice” to the plant, providing a sonic indicator of the plant’s electrical activity and its physiological response to its surroundings. Thus, people can approach the plant, and hear the plant’s response to their presence; as they move their hands around the plant at varying speeds, the plant’s responses are audible.