Audible distance
Akitsugo Maebayashi
Brief description of the work:
Participants' "presence' is represented by a three-dimensional pulse sound triggered by each participant's heartbeat and images flickering according to the heartbeat. The pulse sounds and areas sometimes approach one another, sometimes intervene with one another.
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Dark, square space, head mounted displays, sensor system
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Runner-up prize in the ICC Biennale '97, and the honorable mention in the Ars Electronica '98 in Linz
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
Several participants can interact with each other, but can only 'see' each other by a visual and audial representation of the distance (see further context)
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Collection of NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo
Floorplan, scheme:
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Social play (exploring through the senses); interplay and fusion between performer or participant's physical presence and perceived reality (projected sound)
Further context:

visual representation of other participants' presence

In this work, the spatial distance between participants, which is usually only experienced as absence, becomes a positive property that can be experienced via sound and sight. The work might be a starting point to become aware of our other senses apart from the visual.