I am currently in residence at Stadtwerkstatt (STWST) – which is next to the main Ars Electronica building (to the left in the above photo) performing my pulse reading project from Friday-Saturday (5/9/2015) at 11:00 pm to 5 am and Saturday-Sunday from 11:pm to 5 am and am also giving a workshop today (from 5pm) to explore making personalised soundscapes using Chinese pulse diagnosis and SuperCollider audio synthesis software. This performance and workshop series is part of Shu Lea Cheang’s exhibition ‘InfoCrash 48’ at SWST in association with Ars Electronica. See this link for the other exciting projects that are going on here: http://projects.stwst.at/stwst48/ (hint: there are projects that create unique soundscapes from bee hives (Bioni Samp) and another project by Martin Howse and Jonathan Kemp that creates ‘social software events’ i.e., using people’s piss interacting with objects and computer interfaces to create soundscapes – On Monday I fly off to Budapest to collaborate with 4DSOUND on a new interface for making pulse soundscapes – More later!!
My article ‘Touch as techne: rethinking digitality’ – which is about my research on ‘inner technologies’ has been just published in Digital Creativity (in a special edition on Arts and Ecology) Volume 26 No.1 (Taylor and Francis publishers)…
Go to this link to access it: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14626268.2015.998681#preview
ELSE – a peer-reviewed International Journal of Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media has just released its first issue (issue 0) titled, ‘Trans-“What”?’. The publication responds to the question of what ‘Trans’ means within creative practice (and is visually stunning too). My article ‘Touching as Listening: A Translational Encounter Between Art, Science, East, West, Self and Other’ is one of the many interesting artistic and theoretical explorations of transdisciplinary practice in this inaugural issue, so please take a look!
I have just arrived back from participating in an amazing 3 day hackathon @ CERN in Geneva. In this post are some pictures of my team, the project (which is about improving land clearance of mines through improving communication between demeaning dogs and their handlers) and the presentation from day 3 of the hackathon @ The Port 2014 –
An outside view of CERN and a pic of mu team – Pier 83: SMART Dog
Some images of working and discussing:
Images of the presentations (with a prototype for SMART Dog on ‘Viking’)
This was an amazing event not only because of its location and the community it took place in (CERN!!!), but also because the organisers of this event brought innovators in technology and creativity together from across the globe to address some very urgent humanitarian issues. To say it was a ‘very inspiring event’ would be a massive understatement. – photos appear courtesy of Andrey Longinov.
To see our video to raise awareness – please use this link for youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfN31OzoJ0c
From this week (December 20th) onwards, I will be collaborating with sound artist Iris Garrelfs who is currently an AHRC PhD research fellow at LCC in London where she also lecturers on the BA Sonic Art course. This project will take my research into new directions – instead of talking pulses and composing, I will be treating Iris with acupuncture – as a form of [ethical] experimental performance study into infrasound, i.e., I will prescribe/select points along the body to direct the oscillations of Iris’s qi into generating a resonant field that is health giving and Iris will create unique soundscapes and recordings in response. Can’t wait to see/hear the work as it unfolds!
See Iris’s extraordinary work and doctoral research here: http://irisgarrelfs.com/
Images of participants appear with consent
Pulse Project was presented at the V&A’s event: ‘Digital Futures’ at the Sackler Centre together with the works of Hayden Jones and Jonathan Munro, Luci Eldrige, Dionysia Mylonaki and Pollie Barden and Chloe Varelidi – which was a fantastic opportunity to present my research at CoDE to a wider audience alongside the latest postgraduate research from Goldsmiths, the RCA and Queen Mary, University of London.
Pulse Project is an ongoing digital performance research series that critically examines the contemporary interfaces between the humanities, medicine, and technology. Pulse Project interrogates the aesthetic and philosophical axioms that underpin contemporary medicine, technology and cognitive embodiment through exploring of their corollary “Others” – pre-modern Chinese medicine and music theory. Using performance-as-research as a methodology, I embody creative research practice through becoming an instrument or medium between myself and others and between cultural traditions for understanding and mediating the body, thereby creating a unique form of research that is able to bridge: a) pre-modern practices with contemporary practices, b) Occidental and Asian approaches to the body and c) the sciences with the humanities.
During the composing process, I try to faithfully reflect my clinical and intuitive impressions of each participant’s interior waveform landscape through years of experience as a Chinese Medicine practitioner, making clinical notes and graphic notations. Each SuperCollider soundscape is a bespoke algorithmic composition made specifically for each participant and is tailored to respond to the uniqueness of the participant taking part in the research. Each composition is constructed to both mirror participant’s pulses according to Chinese Pulse Diagnostics, yet therapeutic aspects (tones) are applied to the composition to promote health and well-being – specific to what each participant’s pulse indicates is needed. I am of course not providing a medical ‘diagnosis’ in this study, each soundscape forms a sort of musical ‘prescription’ that aims to promote well-being – according to Chinese Medicine therapeutic principles. Compositions aim to ‘harmonise’ the 5 pitches of the pulse, Gong (261.6 Hz), Shang (293.7 Hz), Jiao (329.6 Hz), Zhi (392.0 Hz) and Yu (440.0 Hz).
You can see/hear the new SuperCollider compositions (by March 15th) – or SC compositions of past performances at:
Some more pics:
Michelle Lewis-King (foreground) with Hayden Jones and Jonathan Munro (background)
A Pulse Composition Graphic Notation
Michelle Lewis-King talking with Irini Papadimitriou (writer, curator and organiser of the Digital Futures event) and Dionysia Mylonaki (background)