Poster by Catalina Alzate
Living in the US makes it irresistibly to do something in Halloween, even if I had previously found this occasion quite meaningless in the Colombian and Indian context. Given everyone's excitement, why not celebrating it with Art+Technology?
I collaborated with Sharath Chandra in a Machine Listening-based media installation that plays with modes of experimental reading and engagement with text.
We used techniques of projection mapping across the room, featuring Keneth Anger's film "Inauguration of the pleasure dome" (1954), which was inspired in a Halloween Party titled "Come as your madness" celebrated in the 50s. We were specifically inspired by Anais Nïn costume. Through this project I got to know about her work and her diaries, and found her to be a great source of inspiration.
For the installation, we encoded excerpts of her diary into audio snippets that were indecipherable to humans, but understood by the Listening Machine. Visitors could play these audios from their phone and see the decoded message in the screen.
I contributed to the interaction design of this experience, and helped to put in place the system that allowed visitors to navigate the installation, apart from working in the visual material.
Additional insights and a comprehensive description of this art installation has been already documented by Sharath in this medium post (recommended!).
On another note, I also put together this installation for the Halloween installation of the Fashioning Circuits Lab, inspired by the original movie "The Ring", a story mediated by audio+visual technologies. I didn't have enough time to make it interactive, by hacking into the phone and the TV, but hopefully it will happen in future Halloween parties.
Pictures taken from the Instagram account of the Fashioning Circuits Lab