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in/fuse 17

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 19:30

in/fuse 17: David Bobier -- translating sound into motion and vice versa

in/fuse 17: David Bobier

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 7:30pm, Lambton, Studio A.
A lecture / demonstation of new technologies for translating sound into movement and movement into sound, featuring the Emoti-chair and the Soundbeam.

FREE Admission

in/fuse 17 features media artist David Bobier presenting recent work that he has created in the field of vibrotactile technologies: tools that translate the aural into the tactile and motion into sound.

Since 2001 Bobier has worked as artist in residence in the Inclusive Media and Design Centre (IMDC) & SMART Lab (Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Lab) at Ryerson University. In 2013, Bobier formed VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario as an interactive creative research studio that promotes and encourages the creation of a new accessible art form, the vibrotactile. VibraFusionLab provides the opportunity for artists of all disciplines and abilities to create compositions and expand artistic practices that are designed to be experienced as a tactile experience.

Bobier’s interactive presentation will feature two such systems: the Alternative Sensory Information Display (ASID, also called the Emoti-Chair) and the Soundbeam. The Emoti-chair separates audio signals into discrete vibrotactile output channels (voice coils) that can be presented on the body to create a high resolution audiotactile experience through direct connection with musical instruments, live sound and digital sound files. The original aim of the technology research was to design a theatre chair for the deaf. The Soundbeam is a 'touch free' ultra-violet device that uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound.

In this evening of interactive music and sound, Bobier will offer a presentation on the development of the technology and a demonstration. Following this there will be an opportunity for the audience to participate and experiment with the devices.

The in/fuse series of multimedia performance events is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.