Title:
Maelstrom
Artist(s):
Mark Palmer, Jonathan Mackenzie
Brief description of the work:
An interactive environment within which users are "the source of energy in the unfolding of a complex system" (Palmer online)
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Infrared camera, projection, programming; space 2 x 3 meters (work in progress); final size to be 8 x 12 meters to allow several participants to interact simultaneously
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge 2002
Museum of science and industry, Manchester 2003
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
The movement of users entering this particle field causes them to stir and develop patterns of turbulence.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Supported by a New Technology Arts Fellowship (The Junction, Kettles Yard & Crucible), AHRB, CARET (Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology -University of Cambridge), Staffordshire University, The University of the West of England, and Fast-uk
Floorplan, scheme:
 
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Intense engagement with a body; interplay and fusion between a participant's physical presence and a perceived reality (projected image); social play; immersive play
Further context:
The intuitive interface encountered in this piece exemplifies how several users can be equal; "creating an environment within which the relationship between users is as important as their presence" (Palmer online)