ISEA 2012, Albuquerque
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
filipa VALENTE: Liminoid Bloom*s is an artificial interactive ecology that mediates the space between the gallery/exhibition and the environment of the city of Albuquerque. A responsive and performative ecology that alters the face of the gallery space and the way we interact and play with it.
A sensor located at the street facade of the gallery collects environmental data from the urban scape (sound, light variations, CO2 concentration). The environment sensor sends this information to the bloom*s located inside the gallery thus activating their breathing and movement behaviors.
Visitors to the gallery can overwrite the blooms base behavior with their presence, causing them to bright up and move depending on how close the visitor is to them.
This piece uses physical computing techniques of actuation and wireless sensor communication. The bloom*s were fabricated using processes of CNC milling, laser cutting and vacuum forming.
Commissioned for the The Eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque. The installation is currently on display at the Main Exhibition ‘Machine Wilderness’ from September 20th 2012 until January 6th 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
fV: Interactive art, environmental interaction design, physical prototyping.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
fV: From Ritual to Theatre by Victor Turner, Chairlift, Miike Snow, Santigold, RadioLAb, This American Life, Lady Ada.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
fV: Carlos Moncada, Synthesis D+A, Kruysman-Proto, Ruairi Glynn, Pernilla Ohrstedt, Random International, Sublime Machine.