The Inhabited Interface at bb15.

During the last semester part of the IC students took part  in Interface Technologies, lecture given by Enrique Tomas.

The result of the classes has been presented as an exhibition located in the linzer off-space bb15 from 28th January to 4th February 2014.

The title of the exhibition was Inhabited Interfaces and was showing pieces of technologies used to communicate poetic ideas, create extensions of ourselves in other scales of time and space, even at our domestic environments.

Two rooms converted into a space for digital social interaction, encompassing both the intimate scale of dealing with household objects and the larger in-space, only activated through the investigation with interfaces to gain insight into the stories of its absent human occupants.

Here the gallery with the photos of the opening and the works.

This is the list of the works with a short description.

Rosemary Lee – Through the Ether, pt. 1
Relating the twinkling of stars to the transmission of messages from them through light, Through the Ether brings together a poetic text on the subject, translating it into binary, and emitting it as light. Presented here is the first part of an ongoing series experimenting with energy and message transmission through material.

Kim Hyeonjin – Food scanner – future kitchen
In the future, most ingredients will have their own information embedded such as expiry date, origin and even calories. Now, it’s coming true. Food scanner, a smart bowl, is the quickest and easiest way to find food´s information and recipes.

Martín Nadal – Pieces of Time
Household objects with singular moments interleaved. A collection of time pieces. Like shells with an embedded sonic life they stay hidden until their stories are revealed with your interaction.

Idil Kizoglu – Invisible Streets
As our guides, web mapping applications help us to find our ways in our cities. ‘Invisible Streets’ arose from the curiosity of the smart suggestions that these applications often do, telling stories about our experiences. Which parts of the city do we see in these maps? Could they be hiding any streets from us? Are these suggestions reflecting our navigation habits in the cities? The project is produced using the walking route suggestions of google maps, generated for a certain area in Vienna. All trips began from Burggarten and various destinations in this area are covered.

César Escudero Andaluz – Tapebook
A media archaeology exercise, consisting in the text sonification of data extracted from social networks and recorded to cassettes.

Maruska Polakova – Choice
„Even if I write these words with my hands in chains, I still find that much better than if my will were in chains. „
This sentence is among the lines Franz Jägerstätter , a farmer from a small village in Oberösterreich, wrote from jail. He was sentenced to death for not willing to obey the order and fight in the Nazi army.

Karol Kagan – Emptiness
Without any reason, one wants to connect.
Breathing, breathing is the medium.

Jure Fingušt – My Haptic Diary
The interactive installation My Haptic diary is about my personal passage from sculptural practice into new media art. The art piece is merging my past experiences with those that are yet to come. The installation invites the viewer to interact with it by starting to model, drawing with clay upon the surface of the diary. By using this rather primitive technique its possible to trigger the videos that are embedded into the installation.

Nathan Guo – CHAIRIAN
Chairian is an interactive installation generating three letter-word vocal symphony by three turnable chairs. Single or multiple audience are invited to sit on this inhabited interface in oder to formulate a word. The blurry phonemes and potential meanings render a unconventional conversation and atmosphere.

Davide Bevilacqua – Pockets full of memories
Memory is a mnemonic process that gathers information from several sources that, mixed up together, produce a combined outcome between either the personal and the collective level. This happens usually unconsciously, when people mix up their experiences into new ideas.
Through the digitalization, we give custody of lots of information to static archives, that are not producing new outcome autonomously. Pockets full of memories is an application that aims to reproduce this combinational process. It recalls and visualizes byte by byte the content of a memory device such as a personal hard drive; when another memory drive is connected to the system, it is analyzed and mixed with the first one. The result is then saved in both the devices and it becomes itself material that feeds the system.

Interface Cultures
Enrique Tomas