This joint presentation focused on the development of whisper, a
new production involving a collaboration between artists and technologists
(Names in here) which is being presented as part of RESPOND - the
Future Physical focus on 'interactive' responsive environments taking
place in April in Cambridge linked to The Junction and CUMIS.
introduced whisper as a project learning from the field of body
itself. Whisper is based on small wearable devices carried and sewn
in to garments. Participants move within a networked ecosystem.
Small intelligent devices emanate their state based on the carrier's
and wearers physiological data. Whisper devices are networked to
a server which constructs distributed system state knowledge memory
calls it research into AFFECTIONATE COMPUTING
Moving from AFFECT TO AFFEC(tion) in terms of RELATION, PROCESS,
characteristics of whisper are:
PHYSIOLOGICAL BASED INPUT
STUDY OF TELEPATH AND MAPPING
CIRCLE PROCESS AND METHODOLOGY
sewing circle was attributed to groups of women in domesticity and
textiles and is a social collaborative process of the 19th century.
is working with…
notion of projection - light and matter
- Heat - Touch - Position- Pulse
Musclewire - Motor-Pisten-Speaker-Display
development of whisper has involved a number of EXPERIENCE WORKSHOPS
- an open series of development projects for artists and students.
The profile of participants involved was open in demographic terms
- no set parameters except an interest in taking part.
series of workshops were entitled:
example the LISTEN workshop required participants to wear earplugs
and to listen to the internal sounds of their own bodies. The BETWEEN
workshop focussed on sending and receiving information through telepathic
processes. Participants were asked to feel the focus of attention
of someone who was standing directly behind them - to feel the draw
that this attention gives - the feeling of the energy through intention.
the body from the INSIDE and OUTSIDE is the focus of all the workshops,
from different angles and perspectives, to explore physical states
in different circumstances. The body as a place of improvisation
- multiple states, multiple beings, multiple memories.
participation in practical exercises, participants were asked to
write on cards which asked three basic questions:
DID YOU HEAR
DID YOU HEAR
WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE