Schlagwort-Archive: conductive thread

Forced Leisure

Interactive hammock, 100x400x100cm

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Year: 2015

Christoph Gruber & Laura Skocek
Techniques: sewn conductive thread, Arduino + vvvv

idea & sound design: Christoph Gruber & Laura Skocek
textile sensor design and installation: Christoph Gruber
electronics and programming (based on Firmata, Arduino and VVVV): Laura Skocek

 

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Eine Hängematte, Symbol für Freizeit, Entspannung, und sogar Freiheit, wird mit Elementen einer Zwangsjacke konterkariert.
Eingewobene textile Sensoren messen den „Grad der Entspannung“. Bewegungen und Ausbruchsversuche werden an unterschiedlichen Stellen wahrgenommen und in störende Audiosignale umgewandelt, die den Probanden beschallen.

Zeitfenster der Mußemöglickeit werden in unserer Gesellschaft nach dem Vorbild unseres Erwerbslebens verplant und ausgenützt. Es wird dabei stets auf Produktivität abgezielt.
„Forced Leisure“ bietet einen safe space, einen Mußekokon zum Nichtstun. Die interaktive Installation spielt mit dem Imperativ „Entspann dich JETZT!“
Wer sich daran nicht halten kann und aktiv werden möchte, wird schnell und laut daran erinnert, dass jetzt die Zeit zum Entspannen ist.

Der Titel „Forced Leisure“ ist den sogenannten „Leisure Theories“* entlehnt und spielt auf die erzwungene Erwerbslosigkeit an, die vor allem Langzeitarbeitslose betrifft, die am Jobmarkt nur mehr schwer vermittelbar sind, als auch Personen, die von Vornherein vom Erwerbsleben ausgeschlossen werden (Asylsuchende, zum Teil Frauen) oder für die es nur unzureichende Inklusionsmaßnahmen gibt, die eine für sie sinnhafte Beschäftigung ermöglichen (Menschen mit Behinderung).

 

A hammock, a symbol of leisure, relaxation and even freedom, is combined with elements of a straitjacket.
Textile sensors are woven into the fabric and measure the “degree of relaxation”. Movement and attempts of escape are detected in different spots and transformed into audio glitches, which are used to treat the proband.

Time frames for leisure are premeditated in our society, imitating the way we live our work life, thoroughly planned and with the greatest possible efficiency in mind.
“Forced Leisure” offers a safe space, a leisure cocoon for doing nothing. The interactive installation plays with the imperative “Relax NOW!”
A person who does not want to abide to that and who wants to get active, is reminded loudly and immediately that now is the time to relax.

The title “forced leisure” is borrowed from “leisure theories”* and refers to forced unemployment, affecting mostly permanently unemployed persons as well as those that are excluded from working life in the first place (asylum seekers, partly women) or for whom only insufficient measures of inclusion in the job market exist, that would make a meaningful occupation possible for them (people with disabilities).
 

*Rojek, Chris: Capitalism and Leisure Theory. Routledge, 2013.

 

Christoph Gruber / Laura Skocek

 

Special thanks to Schmiede Hallein

noise pieces

Reactive sound sculptures

Year: 2015

 

Noise is transformed into the beginning of familiar tunes by pulling and stretching.
A mind map of auditive memory can be discovered beneath a textile surface, the user is acting as a trigger.
The characteristics of the material make the emerging layers of sound subject to constant change, even when the sensing parts of the objects are not touched at the moment.

This is a continuation of the work Noise Rag.

 

 

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Installation sketch

Photos by Stephanie Paine

Noise Rag

dt.: Geräuschfetzen

Interactive object, 2015

Materials: Arduino UNO, Adafruit MP3 shield, conductive yarn, felted wool, speakers, custom made circuit boards, polymorph plastic

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Developed during a residency in Reykjavik, the object is a result of research in interaction techniques and textile sensors.
People were invited to use the object made of felt, elastic and conductive yarn and change the preprogrammed rhythm of the piece.
The title refers to bits of sound that were discovered during the residency.
The piece can be reporgrammed by one or more persons, the resulting rhythms that occur after a while remind of drilling sounds, alarms and low hums and heavy machinery – a sound poem that is constantly reprocessed and subject to change through tearing and reconnecting.
 
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Materials used in the stretch sensors have been inspired by this instructable of push_reset and KOBAKANT
 
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Also see this tutorial on how to connect analog sensors