Seeing a city through its data. Data Tapestry, commissioned for the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Melbourne Now exhibition, presents an audio visual experience of the city through data. The work creates a departure point for thinking about our contemporary city through ecological, demographic, and systems data sourced from the greater Melbourne region.
4 HD projection, 4 Channel Audio. 5 networked computers, custom software. All graphics and sound dynamically rendered in realtime.
*Please note this video documentation sample is presented at approx 2-4 times the speed of actual installation.
Visualisations/Design: Greg More / OOM Creative
Sound design: Marco Cher-Gibard
Data consultant: Serryn Eagleson (EDG Research)
Network programming: Steve Berrick
ZOOM Exhibition Curator: Ewan McEoin
City of Melbourne
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI)
Michael Nyman and David McAlmont - Secrets, Accusations and Charges (Max Cooper Reconstruction).
Directed: Nick Cobby.
This remix marks the first time multi-million selling minimalist soundtrack composer Michael Nyman (The Piano; Gattaca; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover) has allowed his work to be remixed. The "Reconstructions EP" is out on Last Night on Earth Recordings 9 July.
For the video, animator and director Nick Cobby wanted to add a human element to his visuals for the first time, asking Max Cooper fans to come down to his London studio to be filmed.
"After listening to the track, I was aware of how important the vocal element is in the track, which added an emotional and human element alongside Max's sonic soundscapes. I knew that i wanted to include real people for the first time, but i wanted to change their appearance; making them something more animated and kinetic, and therefore bring them into Max's world."
Each participant was filmed individually, concentrating on their facial expressions and head movements. Incorporating Kinect camera technology, depth data captured by the Kinect was used to create 3d point data of the individuals filmed. This 3d map was then reconstructed to re-create the participants, utilising code and creative technology to create a generative outcome.
The Reconstructions EP comprises two Max Cooper reworks – one abstract, one dancefloor - of Secrets, Accusations and Charges, Nyman's collaboration with the songwriter and vocalist David McAlmont.
The song first appeared on Nyman and McAlmont's album, The Glare. It places McAlmont’s lyrics, inspired by a newspaper story about a quiet suburban Scottish woman who was discovered to be a jewel thief, over Nyman’s theme for the film Gattaca.
As the Gattaca theme is an orchestral piece, both the Deconstruction and Reconstruction are built from samples of only two soundfiles: a track of McAlmont’s voice, and a single track of The Michael Nyman Ensemble playing the Gattaca theme.
Many thanks to all who participated and made the video (and reworks) possible.