Time: November, 2016 to March, 2017
Team Members: Yuxiang Zhang, Nicolas Schindler
Instructors: Senior Research Assistant Holger Prang, Senior Research Assistant Honda Akitoshi
This Kinect installation assesses our perception of space and explors the concept of non-space, not as a mental utopia but as pure aesthetic experience.
Users are invited to an enclosed space, inmersed in the dark. Movements are tracked by sensors, sending the data to a series of generative audiovisual processes which produce simultaneously walls of light and multi-channel sound.
Spatialized audio is used to create a realistic, changing perception of space. Volumetric projections allows for volumes to be partioned and redefined, sometimes isolating users in reduced light spaces, sometimes allowing them to move more freely in the physical volume of the room.
Utopias are sites with no real place. They are sites that have a general relation of direct or inverted analogy with the real space of Society. They present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside dowm, but in any case these utopias are fundamentally unreal spaces.
There are also, probably in every culture, in every civilization, real places – places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society – which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted.
– Michel Foucault, Of other spaces