The concept was to pick up on the noise in Khirkee, but also to use the sound people make while looking at static artwork (the sound of shuffling feet, hushed conversation, cell phone ringing) to create something. I wanted to create something that would react to people; something that would respond to people watching still images in a (artificially) quiet place. It was artwork that changed as you watched and interacted with it (static images are so boring!). And this is what I came up with (its the header image).
The installation will go live on the 23rd of November 2012 at Khoj’s renovated office. The details are here. It’s a little Processing based program that picks up on ambient noise around it. It then uses the noise to change the variable values in a 3D Pythagoras Tree (fractal), which slow revolves around it’s central axis. If the noise volume is low, the tree merely expands and changes color. But if it goes beyond a certain threshold value, the tree’s configuration changes. Since this change occurs due to sound, which can be erratic, you can’t predict what the tree will look like next. It was built using the Fractal math in this example from the Open Processing forum as scaffolding and the Minim library for sound capture (this library is now part of the default library set in the latest version of Processing).
We hope you’ll join us!