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Interactive Art Physical Tangible Media

Symbiotic Skin

Symbiotic Skin is an interactive experiential work that asks audiences to consider a future where humankind can no longer breathe independently, having adapted to this evolutionary shift by forming lifelong bonds with creatures entitled ‘symbiotes’. This previously unknown species attach themselves to the human body across the chest, creating a symbiotic bond allowing both human and creature to breathe as one.

In Symbiotic Skin, audiences are presented with an opportunity to experience this speculative future, by coupling with a creature and taking a mediated walk through a green space. The creature extends across an individual’s body and facilitates exploration of the environment through subtle vibrations and illumination, which permeate from the creature.

This work seeks to draw attention to current and ongoing sustainability issues, as well as providing audiences with a unique lens in which to view and interact with natural environments.

Project Details

Name: Symbiotic Skin

Year: 2018

Materials: pine, MDF, bolts, nuts, mouldable plastic, fabric, rattan cane, springs, elastic, wires

Hardware: LEDs, vibration motors, speakers, Linzerschnitte microcontroller, SD cards, MP3 modules

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Physical Tangible Media User Experience

Cause & Effect

Cause & Effect is a data-driven piece of tangible media, which allows users to better understand the detrimental health impact of smoking on the human body. 

This project involves a tangible user interface that takes the form of a stuffed toy doll, covered in a series of touch-sensitive buttons (the black spots), which is connected to computer. Users are encouraged to hold the doll while they navigate the interface, which responds to button-presses by playing a short video about the impact of smoking on the body part associated with the location of the button pressed on the doll. Each button is softly illuminated, and when pressed, this light switches off and slowly illuminates as the video plays – giving feedback to the user and reflecting a metaphor of degradation of the associated area of the body.

In creating this project, we sought to provide people with a novel way to physically engage with a serious topic matter and gain new insight and understanding into an issue that impacts millions of people, worldwide.

Collaboration with Lincoln Savage

Project Details

Name: Cause & Effect

Year: 2013

Materials: fabric, conductive paint, MDF, black paint, wire, rare earth magnets

Software: Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro (for videos)

Hardware: LEDs, hall effect sensor, Arduino Uno, external laptop (variable)

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Interactive Art Physical Tangible Media

Trail of Traits

Trail of Traits seeks to encourage exploration of urban spaces through whimsy and problem-solving with ambient interactive media. This project was specifically designed for exhibition at the 2013 Ars Electronica Festival, held in Linz, Austria.

The project takes shape as a collection of four interactive discovery boxes which lead participants on a trail throughout a given city or event. These boxes sense the presence of those passing by, and chime, in order to capture audience attention. When opened, these boxes illuminate to reveal a riddle, which must be solved to find the next box along the journey. This novel take on a scavenger hunt spans across various cultural landmarks around the installation site. The boxes are coated with patterns which compliment their given location, whilst interior patterns are an additional clue to the next location that is part of the trail. The trail has no beginning or end point – users will simply stumble across one of these boxes and their adventure will commence!

A key aim of this project was to help tourists uncover exciting cultural aspects of a city, while also providing locals with an opportunity to experience their city in new and novel ways.

Collaboration with Alice Brown

Installed within the U19 exhibition @ Ars Electronica Festival
Installed within the Bienenstock project @ Ars Electronica Festival
Installed within the Ars Electronica Centre @ Ars Electronica Festival
Installed within Tabakfabrik Linz @ Ars Electronica Festival

Project Details

Name: Trail of Traits

Year: 2013

Materials: acrylic, rare earth magnets, screws, wire, vinyl adhesive paper, bells

Software: Adobe Illustrator

Hardware: LEDs, PIR motion sensor, hall effect sensor, servo motor, Arduino Uno

Awards/accolades

First exhibited publicly in the Ars Electronica Festival, the world’s premiere event for public, electronic and interactive art in Linz, Austria, 2013.

Exhibited in the 2014 iteration of SHAPE of Things to Come at QUT, Brisbane, Australia.

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Interactive Art Physical Tangible Media

Planets

Planets is a participatory, performance-based interactive artwork, which explores connections between people, places and objects. The work comprises of 30 interactive orbs, designed to respond via proximity to a central ‘master orb’, which is held by a contemporary dance performer while they move through a large crowd. Planets was designed to appropriate and activate event crowds and debuted within a crowd of over 1500 patrons at the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

This work responded to the challenge of repurposing technology designed for a singular function and reimagining it in new and exciting ways. The technology in question, the Linzerschnitte microcontroller, is a low-cost FM receiver that can output a small current to control small electronic applications. The Linzerschnitte is at the heart of this project as it facilitates the relationship between performer and audience.

While Planets functions independently as a performative work, it is also the result of a pratice-based research project. This research investigated the concept of ‘exclusive experiences’ within interactive artworks, which can be understood as experiences that are transient, ephemeral and independent to a moment in time.

Collaboration with Michael Smith

Project Details

Name: Planets

Year: 2014

Materials: thermoplastic, acrylic, silicone, thermochromic pigment, coloured pigments, glow pigments, bolts, nuts, wires

Hardware: LEDs, Linzerschnitte microcontroller, vibration motors

Awards/accolades

First exhibited publicly in the Ars Electronica Festival, the world’s premiere event for public, electronic and interactive art in Linz, Austria, 2014.

Finalist in the 2015 Sunshine Coast New Media Art Prize (now retired)

Jury Selection in the 2015 Japan Media Arts Festival