Surprising Myself is a “reactive” video and sound installation that uses a PING ultrasonic sensor, an Arduino, and MAX MSP/Jitter. The idea was to use the viewer’s placement in front of the sensor to set off different audio and visual reactions. The visual reactions projected onto a white wall are those of surprise, while the MIDI audio reactions are robotic, synthesized and the body plays a virtual keyboard that changes with the proximity to the sensor. Aesthetically, I immersed my reactionary seated figure in a white environment, so that it could appear to exist within a dimension within the white wall I’m projected upon. I named the piece “Surprising Myself” because my reactions are surprising, and it was surprising in itself that I solved so many problems to make this installation and the Max MSP/Jitter patch work.
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