Schlagwort-Archive: diy

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.






Installation sketch

Photos by Stephanie Paine

Woman Yelling at Waves

Reactive video sculpture
Year: 2015



A woman yelling unintelligible words into the sea.

A staircase.

An interruption of thought.


Performance documentary 2’55“ – camera by Christoph Gruber
Commercial break – 3 Videos à 12“

Materials: monitor, 2 plinths, Arduino UNO, MPR121 board, capacitance sensing staircase made of ITO plastic and cardboard, acrylic paint, tape, computer

Software: Arduino, vvvv


„Scenery is Dim“ Exhibition Setting @ Sím Gallery, 101 Reykjavik – April 2015


Noise Rag

dt.: Geräuschfetzen

Interactive object, 2015

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


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.

Materials used in the stretch sensors have been inspired by this instructable of push_reset and KOBAKANT

Also see this tutorial on how to connect analog sensors

Sleeping Bed – Rhythmic Study

Kinetic Object, 2009

photo by sue sellinger


An intricate web placed on a cot receives impulses from a network of Nitinol wire and cable ties passing through it.

The series of arrhythmic stimuli is derived from data recorded during the phases between sleep and wakefulness.


Sleeping Bed – Rhythmic Study


In our society the sleep and wake rhythm is to a large extent influenced by work schedules.
People should go to bed at a certain time, the period spent asleep should be held on a quiet place at night.
Sleep research is concentrated on the biological act of sleeping. Different sleep states and the physiological activities, even the moment where you fall asleep can be identified in the EEG data.

Ethnographic records conducted by Carol M. Worthman tap sleep behavior in different cultures:
There are mentions of hunter-gatherer societies whose members drift away during the day and apparantly lack a regulated sleep rhythm. Rites of initiation, held at night, self-induced states between sleep and wakefulness, in order to conjure visions, have been cited. (Carol M. Worthman, Melissa K. Melby; Toward a Comparative Developmental Ecology of Human Sleep, 2006)

While developing my work I researched my own sleep practices and kept records of the transition between being asleep and awake. Experienes during a half-aware state, images and bits of information that I discovered, where the inspiration for the object „Sleeping Bed“. The rhythm of falling asleep and drifting back again, measured during a session in a sleep lab, is controlling the movements of the kinetic sculpture.


German summary:

In unserer Gesellschaft wird der Schlaf- und Wachrhythmus von einer strikten Vorgabe unserer Arbeitszeiten beeinflusst. Aktuelle Schlafforschung ist weitestgehend auf den biologischen Vorgang während des Schlafens konzentriert. Schlafstadien und die darin ablaufenden physiologischen Vorgänge, sogar der Moment des Einschlafens werden in EEG-Daten erkannt.

In dieser Arbeit wurde die eigene Schlafpraxis untersucht und dokumentiert. Ein verschlungenes Gespinst auf einem Feldbett erhält Impulse von dem Netzwerk, das es durchzieht.
Es ergibt sich eine Abfolge von arhythmischen Impulsen, die von Aufzeichnungen während der Phasen zwischen Schlaf- und Wachzustand abgeleitet wurde.

Die Ergebnisse der Selbstbeobachtung während dieses Transitzustandes steuern ein „schlafendes Bett”.


Thanks to:

Virgil Widrich, Ruth Schnell

Philipp Tiefenbacher, Lukas Raschendorfer (technical support)

Dr. Bernd Kräftner, Dr. Martin Graf, SMZ Ost Wien (research support, sleep lab)

Veronika Schnell (beta-reading)

my parents, my boyfriend