Thawing colours: dangling from the fuzzy end of interfaces

Murray-Rust, Dave and von Jungenfeld, Rocio (2012) Thawing colours: dangling from the fuzzy end of interfaces. In: Physicality 2012 - Fourth International Workshop on Physicality. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In this paper we present Thawing Colours, a tactile, visual and sonic installation, which uses suspended spheres of melting ice to paint on surfaces, woollen strings to provide a means of interaction, and concatenative synthesis–the stitching together of many small fragments of sound–to provide a digitally mediated response to motion and vibration by resynthesizing the input sound using a corpus of pre-prepared sounds. In one sense, it is an evolving, site-specific physical installation, a painter or designer that produces images over the course of several days. With some intellectual license, it can be taken as a naturalistic interface for querying a database of sounds, or as a particularly large and unwieldy musical instrument. It is literally a fuzzy interface, with boundaries extending out through the fibres of the woollen strands used to attach coloured balls of ice, and through the supporting cables into the foundations of the building, and through the fingers, palms, and bodies of the participants. We argue that there is a niche for interfaces that are whimsical, ludic and exploratory, and that as part of exploring this niche, we can take an ecosystemic view on interfaces: embracing their physical properties, their situation in an environment, and the byproducts and feedbacks therein.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Rocio von Jungenfeld
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 16:30 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 15:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58656 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
ORCiD (Murray-Rust, Dave): http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6098-7861
ORCiD (von Jungenfeld, Rocio): http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2154-8054
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