LeCollagiste VJ

capacitive body at LEAP
Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance

29 April at 20:00 - 30 April at 23:30

Karl Liebknecht Str 13
10178 Berlin


With the exhibition TRACE we examine the role of the “body” both digital and physical and its ability to change the architecture of the landscape and our perceptions of space. What is the role of the body and what resistance can it offer against digital reproduction?
Living in a cross-linked world we have to cope with the permanent interaction between reality and its overlaying digital world, without knowing where these impulses start or end. TRACE mirrors this phenomenon of permanent interactive influence, of action and re-action – starting by rearranging the word „react“ to „TRACE“.

The installation „capacitive body“ is a modular light system that reacts to the sound of its environment. Each custom built module consists of an electroluminescent light wire linked to a piezoelectric sensor and a microcontroller. Through its modular setup it can easily be adapted to various urban spaces.

The sensors are used to measure vibrations of architectural solids in a range of low frequencies. These oscillations are triggered by surrounding ambient noise, for example traffic noise. The sensor data controls the light wires, which are tensed to a spatial net structure. According to the values of the measurement light flashes are generated. With increasing vibrations the time between flashes becomes shorter and shorter. The stability of this nervous system gets to an end where it collapses and restarts again. A dynamic light space is thereby created, which creates a visual feedback of the aural activity around the installation.


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