TRANSMUTATIONS Closing Reception

TRANSMUTATIONS: Sound, Data, and Mechanics Exhibition
When: Friday, May 13, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Gray Area Foundation for the Arts at 998 Market Street

Curated by Jennifer Parker and featuring new works by Nick Lally, Meredith Drum, Lyes Belhocine, Drew Detweiler, and the NomadPad.

Graduate students in the UCSC Digital Arts and New Media program and the UCSC Arts + Physics Research Lab have been working collaboratively with sonicSENSE to develop and create the design, content, and conceptual framework of the interactive art exhibition.

TRANSMUTATIONS builds upon an electronic information ecology framework consisting of a complex series of robotic sound sculptures, machines, video projections and sensors that employ viewers’ reactions as one of the interface systems. This interactivity produces a range of soundscapes, data projections and mechanical noises that collect and distribute media into the exhibition space. Programming content for TRANSMUTATIONS will consist of real time air and water data collected from EPA’s pollution databases, sound files from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, data parsed from UCLA’s research in upper atmosphere and space physics, audio from the California Library of Natural Sounds at the Oakland Museum of California, and on-site data from sensors placed near the gallery. 

By exploring data at the local level, the state level and the atmospheric level through multi-media art – as an alternative to pie charts and graphs – we hope to build a compelling experience that engages community participation. By giving this data a physical form through the creation of interactive objects and visual and sonic means, the work will emphasize the concept of learning by doing, and allow viewers to touch, explore and play with information.

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