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February 08, 2007

Digital Art Weeks 07


B.I.O.: To Be the Input or the Output is the Question

B.I.O.: To Be the Input or the Output is the Question: In the popular sci-fi film The Matrix, the human being is reduced to a copper-top battery with an output of 1.5 volts. In regard, tapping the human body as an output has become an interesting way to "power up" performance and stage presence in the electronic music and new media art genres.

Creating controllers that respond to brainwaves, galvanic response and heart rate have brought us innovations in creating and performing art with voluntary and with an involuntary signals. The performers activities on stage are therefore expanded and at the same time ironically reduced to near non-activity on stage. Further, using biofeedback brings the artist into the realm of using the human body as an input whose output is clearly linked.

The DAW07 invites artists to submit work that concentrates on the use of sensors systems that take their inputs from the human body and whose outputs are then transmapped to audio or video sources. Any type of interface that is designed to use human body signals to control outside sources and artworks that use such transmapping falls into the call's profile.

DEADLINE: Friday, 2nd March 2007. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent out on or before Friday, 2nd April 2007. For more information regarding the call please write to: daw-perfs[at]inf.ethz.ch or Digital Art Weeks 07.

Posted by jo at February 8, 2007 06:22 PM