Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Body as a Musical Object...

Get in touch is a musical interface made by Matthijs Munnik, Ben Terwel and Charlotte ‘t Hart from the ArtScience department at the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands. The installation consists of a big white cylinder shape, with human backs coming out of openings in the fabric. Visitors are invited to touch the backs to create sounds. When you touch two or more backs, a connection is made and you can start playing. To change the sound you apply more pressure. You can touch different combinations of backs to create new sounds. Get in touch questions the way an interface influences behaviour. The user’s experience oscillates between seeing the bodies in the installation as material objects and being aware of an anonymous kind of intimacy. We really enjoy the way the installation is a wearable for the performers who by hiding their identity can expose themselves to their audience. Not only is the piece an interface for music, but also for unsexual physical contact. Get in touch was made in the context of the Tactile Research Lab, taught by wearables artist Cocky Eek, where students worked with lightweight and inflatable structures, looking for ways to merge the digital and physical worlds in urban surroundings and nature.

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