Exploring the pathways of
Yokohama is famous as a port of exchange, a gateway for international
relations, a historical site of both commercial and cultural trade. With its
various inlets and outlets,
Yokohama is a buzzing network of transactions and communications. But with our
rapid movement through fluctuating lines how can we take account of each
footstep? Utilizing these networks, trains, subway, roads, alleys in a
scrutinization of the moving city, workshops will set out an expedition in
which we reflect upon our roaming through urban space and the fleeting
exchanges which occur here.
31st August Artist Talk -
Disinformation, Jen Southern, Terrie Cheung & Brian Kwok, Dee Hibbert-Jones&
Artist Talk/workshop - 9001 11am
- Every city
has a chord resonating through it, below our range of hearing.
- This chord
is the combination of the city’s
acoustic signature and the happenings that take place within it -- cars,
people, every activity of life reverberating through architecture and
landscape. Sounds, like memories, never completely dissipate, merely
growing quieter and quieter, sinking below the noise floor and merging
with the hum of the city. Spectral City listens to its location, and
capture and suspend the most prominent pitches. This piece reveals the
deep structures of sound which permeate us, the unique harmony underlying
- Matthew will
present about his work and also offer a practical workshop in which
participants can discover the underlying pitch of places around the city.
Live Event Ginza Art Lab 3pm
Film Screening, Live Performance,
Walking tour of Ginza
Artist presentations and workshops - 9001
workshop ZAIM 1pm
Nikki Pugh and Ana Benlloch
Ana will present a workshop based on their multi-participatory game
game involves exploring interaction in the physical and virtual world using
mobile phones, and the internet, while exploring the city with our physical
bodies. Teams will be set tasks to complete around the city, finding real
objects and tagging them in the virtual world. The objective is to explore
how we can use technologies to explore and express our concrete surroundings.
artist talk workshop ZAIM 2pm
Maebayashi Akitsugu, Suzi Tibbetts
artist talk workshop - ZAIM
Proboscis Workshop ZAIM 2pm
Threads Workshop at Dislocate08
environment around us is a mass of sensory information, some of it easy to
detect, playing on our visual, aural, olfactory, gustatory and tactile
senses, while others are less perceptible - electro-magnetic radiation,
hi/lo sound frequencies, infra-red light etc - and yet these imperceptible
streams interact with us regularly as we go about our everyday lives.
- As part of
our research for Sensory Threads, Proboscis will lead a workshop at
Dislocate08 to engage artists, urbanists, designers, technologists,
musicians and dancers in an active investigation into the sensorial
patterns and rhythms to be found in our environment. The area around ZAIM
in Yokohama will become our research field as we seek out and evidence the
recurring, overlapping and intersecting sounds and movements that take
place as we act in, and react to, our environment.
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Threads is a work-in-progress to develop an instrument enabling a group of
people to create a soundscape reflecting their collaborative experiences
in the environment. For this interactive sensory experience, we are
designing sensors for detecting environmental phenomena at the periphery
of human perception as well as the movement and proximity of the wearers
themselves. Possible targets for the sensors may be electro-magnetic
radiation, hi/lo sound frequencies, heart rate etc). The sensors'
datastreams will feed into generative audio software, creating a
multi-layered and multi- dimensional soundscape feeding back the players'
journey through their environment. Variations in the soundscape reflect
changes in the wearers interactions with each other and the environment
around them. We aim to premiere the work in 2009.
Threads is being created by Proboscis in collaboration with Birkbeck
College's Pervasive Computing Lab, The Centre for Digital Music at Queen
Mary (University of London), the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of
Nottingham and the School of Management at University of Southampton.
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