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Responsive Art at ISEA: the Emotion Light

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Adinda van 't Klooster <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 27 Aug 2009 18:11:08 +0100

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The first fully working prototype ‘Emotion Light’ is exhibited at  
this year’s ISEA in Belfast.  The Emotion Light is a sculptural light  
that uses biofeedback technology to visualize the holder’s  
physiological state. To achieve this, changes in physiological data  
like GSR (galvanic skin response), heart rate and movement are  
tracked and translated via code into changes in light patterns. This  
artwork avoids the explicitly medical or therapeutic uses of  
biofeedback technology to explore the less literal complex  
relationships between sound, colour and bodily response.


The emotion light is wireless and non-invasive. The visitor is asked  
to listen to an emotive sound sequence whilst holding a quirky light  
sculpture which responds live to changes in the viewers biosignals.   
The work aims to make people consider how much the body and emotions/ 
feelings are interlinked.


The uterus-like shape is simultaneously reminiscent of a ram’s head  
and spermatoids. This ambiguous sculpture renders the internal body  
visible on the outside and allows for an introspective and embodied  
experience. This piece also relates to the artists earlier works,  
such as Receptive Mo(nu)ment: a site- specific installation in  
Gloucester Cathedral where she recreated a womb environment by  
enlarging the pinopods found in scanning electron micrographs of the  
uterine lining. Pinopods are small protrusions thought to be  
indicative of whether an embryo can implant in the womb but much  
remains unknown about them. By enlarging the microscopic to the  
macroscopic a new relationship to the body is created. Van ‘t  
Klooster also tends to choose those areas of science where there are  
more questions than answers and the area of emotion research is one  
of those areas.

  Talk at ISEA: From physiological input to the Emotion Lights, by  
Adinda van 't Klooster, 28th of August, 2 pm, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Adinda van ’t Klooster is an international artist who works with  
sound, light, installation, animation, sculpture, electronics and  
computer generated performance. She creates multi-sensory experiences  
in often site-specific and collaborative contexts. She is currently  
in the process of completing an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at  
CRUMB, University of Sunderland. Her work explores the areas where  
art and science overlap. She is interested in how developments in  
science and technology provide new ways of looking at the body, the  
mind and the start of life itself.

The Emotion Lights project was supported by the Arts Council England,  
the AHRC, STEIM, AMAP, Primate Productions, the University of  
Sunderland and the National Glass Centre in Sunderland
http://www.axisweb.org/seCVPG.aspx?ARTISTID=8405

www.crumbweb.org

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