Interactive sound installation art David Lockeby


Very Nervous System Ⓒ David Rokeby
Very Nervous System Ⓒ David Rokeby
 

David Rokeby (1960~), a contemporary artist from the city of Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, has been working mainly in interactive sound art and video installation art since the early 80s. It has won Ars Electronica, Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts' in Canada, and Petro Canada Media Arts Award'.


David Locke's early work Very Nervous System' (1982-1991) is a pioneering work of interactive art that transforms human physical and physical movements into a real-time interactive acoustic environment. Produced by the Canadian Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Internationally, it was presented at the Venice Biennale in 1986.


The early version of the Very Nervous System was demonstrated by David Lockby himself, and an Apple II computer and video camera, a Fresnel lens, a synthesizer, and 64 light sensors were used, Since 1982, it has been continuously technologically evolving for over 10 years.


The sound of the Very Nervous System' is formed not by listening to music, but by the interaction, the audience feels while experiencing the work directly with their body. Regarding this, David Locke said, this installation art is a kind of tool for the audience to play with their bodies. I am interested in creating a complex, resonant, and evolving relationship between the audience and the system.

Silicon Remembers Carbon Ⓒ David Rokeby
Silicon Remembers Carbon Ⓒ David Rokeby

Very Nervous System' is Canada'Techno Art', Germany'European Media Arts Festival', Mexico'Net@Works', Italy'Art Media 2'and'Arte, Technologia e Informatica', US'Siggraph 88 Art Show', It has been exhibited around the world, including Festival des Arts Electroniques' in France, Second International Symposium on Electronic Art' in the Netherlands,'MuuMedia Festival' in Finland,'Corps et Machines' in Belgium,'Arte No Seculo XXI' in Brazil, and Potsdam, Germany in 1993. (Potsdam) It has also been installed on the streets of the city center.


David Locke's sound and video installation Silicon Remembers Carbon was first produced in 1993 with the support of'Diechtorhallen Hamburg' in Germany and was installed and exhibited at World Wide Video Festival in Netherlands and'Mediale in Germany. A second version was created with the support of'. The work consists of a video image projected on a 4m x 3m sandy floor, 4 speakers at the top, and 4 infrared cameras, and the silhouette of the audience is projected together on the floor as a layered image is converted.

Minimal Object Ⓒ David Rokeby
Minimal Object Ⓒ David Rokeby

David Lockeby's 2012 work Minimal Object-with time on your hands is one of his series of interactive sound installations that transform movement into sound. It is composed of motion detection cameras and explores invisible tactile sound and spatial existence. <Related video>


There are 300 sound sources hidden in'Minimal Object', and when you move your hand close to the canvas, the sound overlaps and you experience a three-dimensional sound source. The sounds consist of various sources such as various mechanical sounds, electric sounds, human sounds, animal sounds, and natural sounds, and rhythmic and repetitive sounds form countless combinations. Motion or hand movement is detected within a range of 70 cm in front of the canvas.

n-Cha(n)t Ⓒ David Rokeby
n-Cha(n)t Ⓒ David Rokeby

Another interactive sound installation art he produced in 2001,'n-Cha(n)t, was awarded the Golden Nica award in the interactive art category at Prix Ars Electronica' in Austria, which started in 1987. for Arts' support, and was presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery'. The work consists of seven Apple computers, monitors, and speakers suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition hall, and they are connected to each other through a network to explore a new connection between language and sound.


Other major interactive real-time installation artworks by David Locke, a pioneer in the field of interactive art that directly connects the human body to the work, are Hand-held, commissioned by France's'Le Fresnoy Studio National des arts contemporains ( 2012), International Feel'(2011), Dark Matter'(2010~2015), Quaver'(2010), Surface Tension'(2009), Sorting Daemon'(2003), Cheap Imitation'(2002) ), inter / face' (2002),'steamingmedia.org' (2002),'Guardian Angel' (2001),Watched and Measured' (2000), Watch (1995-2008),'Border Patrol' (1995),'Petite Terre' (1992), The Master of Space' (1990),'Echoing Narcissus' (1987), and'Reflexions' (1983), and'The Computer as a Prosthetic Organ of Philosophy' ,'The Construction of Experience', and'The Harmonics of Interaction'.

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