An Interactive Installation Performance
In the spring of 2000, artist Thomas Charveriat, violinist
Maja Cerar, and composer Douglas Geers collaborated on an interactive
installation work for violinist with computerized music and sculpture.
In this piece, the violinist stands amid an array of mechanized sculptures,
using electronic sensors to control the activities of the sculptures as
well as the computer music performance.
Each sculpture in the piece contains its own unique system of computer
chips and software, determining its behavior and able to receive instructions
from an outside computer. Meanwhile, the violinist plays into a microphone,
operates a footswitch, and wears a specially built glove on her right
hand that is laden with electronic sensors. As the violinist plays her
instrument, she operates the foot pedal while her glove's sensors track
her hand movements to capture performance data. Commands from the footpedal
control the sculptures, and the microphone signal and the glove's data
are continously sent to a central computer. The central computer analyzes
her performance, alters the violin's sounds, and performs other musical
figures to accompany the violin.
University Thesis Show, Brooklyn. 05/2000