Our collaboration focuses on blending the tactile and aural aesthetic in sculptural form.
Exhibited at Truck Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, 2015, this silicone breast invites visitors to touch it's inturnal flesh inlayed with black hard plastick nipples and vaginas.
In response to gentle stroking, the breast responds by pulsing the soft tissues and vibrating the plastic insets. It speaks back to the visitor in an computerized generated voice emmited via internal speakers build into the sculpture.
Sensors embedded inside of the flexible sculptural material respond to pressure, stroking, squeezing and folding. Each sensor sensitivity varies due to intentional variations of material density and hardness.
One can hear the intensity of the sound increas with the more persistent and aggressive stimulation of the sculptural body.
The sculpture constantly mumbles and growls at rest. The sound originates from the embedded inside of the sculpture speakers, located in a sphere skeleton. When visitors' engage the tactile sensors the growling sound transforms into a distinct computerized voice that speaks a gibberish language that resembles English.
Different sensors trigger variations in the voice as well as set of a musical sequencer. The music intertwines with the voice when the 4 large speakers located at the perimeter become activated. Once the interaction stops the sculpture quiets again.
Here Disturbed System passes it first tests with the entire set-up before ISEA 2015. This video shows timing of the hand contact, texture of the material and the type of response one gets when engaging with the sculpture. The hand-built painterly textures of the surface assist in facilitating pulsing vibration from within the surface.