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Contract Big Art Installation: Help Wanted

at Produce Consume Robot in New York

I'm working on a big installation
to open Nov 11 in a SoHo gallery and my sound/video guy went MIA.
I need someone to work with me to create some groovy soundscapes and/or simple video manipulations driven by heart rhythms (fed via arduino, miditron, or other).

Details below.


Help Wanted:

Audio soundscape driven by heart beats:
The audio is a really critical piece of the installation (general
installation info below) that combines different aspects of a viewer's
heart rhythm together with heart rates collected from previous viewers
to create a textured soundscape emphasizing both individuality as well
as the syncopated connectedness to others.
Requirements are to read heartbeat info fed from an arduino, miditron,
or other to create an electrifying, yet entrancing soundscape that
fills the gallery space. This would be easiest to integrate using a
PC, but BYO mac can work too.

Live video modulation driven by heart beats:
Live video of the viewer will be captured via webcam and displayed on
numerous monitors throughout the gallery space to bridge the gap
between biology and the digital age. This video needs to be modulated
so that the entire gallery space pulses with the viewer's heart
Requirements are to read heartbeat info fed from an arduino, miditron,
or other to modulate a live video feed from a webcam. This can be done
very simply or can involve more elaborate aesthetics from a motivated
person. This would be easiest to integrate using a PC, but someone
with a mac might be workable.

This help is unpaid side from beer and the opportunity to be a part of
an outstanding show in a SoHo/NoLita gallery. Future potential for the
installation is also high, with possible connections to show in Miami
during Art Basel 2010, etc.

If interested, please email Sean at produceconsumerobot at gmail dot com. I live and work in Manhattan at 119th and 8th.

Details of the installation:

My principle piece in the show, entitled "emergence", draws
connections between the infrastructure of the digital age and the
electro-mechanical mechanisms of the human body, asking questions
about how we're connected to one another and the world around us. The
piece will be a multi-faceted installation with a physical structure
of twisted wires and cables growing out of the floor and into the
ceiling of the gallery space -
- combined with an audio soundscape and video feedback, all driven by
sensors that read the viewer's heart rhythm. When a viewer touches the
center orb of the sculpture, the installation entrain with the
viewer's heart rhythm and create radiating pulses of light through the
piece and that extend into the gallery space via a rhythmic soundscape
and modulation of a live video feed on monitors throughout the
For an aesthetic reference, here's one arm of the sculpture with a
"base coat" of wires and cables -

Details of the show:

Opening Nov 11, 6p-12a.
Open House Gallery, SoHo.
Rsvp @
The show is entitled "unintended consequences", exploring the
voyeuristic and narcissistic feedback loops that are created in our
digital age and what patterns emerge from this chaotic system.

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