The concept of this project is to make the possibility let users who can perceive the energy conversions (e.g. light energy to sound energy, solar energy to electricity etc.) in our daily life in an artistic way by interaction as well as to evoke participants to think about the commensal ecology behind the phenomena. In this project, users are able to experience this energy conversions by the process of photosynthesis of visual plants. More specifically, they can ‘foster’ visual flowers through triggering photoresistors by hands moving, and flowers will respond users by electronic sounds. In terms of electronic sounds, part of the inspiration comes from electromagnetic wave and capturing the electronic sounds from daily machine (e.g. Cash Point, Lighting and Lift etc.) by inductive microphone.
The concept of this project can be achievable with the technical skills that we have learned in the digital media sessions. More specifically, Processing, Pure Data and Arduino will be mainly used. For example, Processing will process blooming flowers which can be triggered synchronously by hand moving onto the phtoresistors. In the previous sessions of Processing, we have learned ‘random’ and ‘color’ value that can be used in this project in terms of this image part. Regarding the sound part, Puduino can process this part which has be taught the basic related skills in Live Electronic Performance session. More specifically, the effect of variation is that each flower matches one photoresistor, and image of flowers and electronic sounds can be triggered by photoresistors.
For the reference of recording practice, Toshiya Tsunoda and Haco who are Japanese artists used inductive microphones to capture the electromagnetic sounds from metro in the project called The Tram Vibration Project (2006). Besides, Benjamin Gaulon’s project called L.S.D also provides the possibility of how to transfer light to sound that encourages people to perceive daily environment in a new way.
There will be the risk of programming during the project development, that is, the effect of flowers growth programming. For this risk, it can be solved by doing the experiment of changing the related open code from Processing public source and by asking phD students who have more related experience for the further improvement of programming.
To sum up, this project will encourage users to perceive another way of conversions light and sound energy which exists and is used in our everyday life, and to experience the photosynthesis of plants by themselves. Furthermore, this project also tend to evoke users to think the commensalism and the philosophical question of ontology during the interaction.
1. Electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength between approximately 400 nm and 700 nm is directly detected by the human eye and perceived as visible light. (Starr 2005)
2. Electromagnetic waves occur naturally, they exist, they are everywhere, constantly passing through our bodies, yet with our natural senses we can only perceive heat and light. (Rhei 2006, p. 15)
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