Winter 2014 : Erin Gee

27 January - 23 March 2014

  • Residency: 27 January - 23 March 2014
  • Project presentation: 27 - 30 March 2014
  • Vernissage: 27 March 2014, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Erin Gee

SWARMING EMOTIONAL PIANOS
Swarming Emotional Pianos is a robotic performance originating in human emotions. An actor performs, their body covered in sensors. The actor imagines and thinks; physiological signals, such as respiration, sweat, cardiac and neural activity, are recorded and transformed into musical and movement signals, which are then transferred to a machine learning program. These new signals are transmitted to robots through an Xbee protocol, in dialogue with an iCreate platform.

For this project, Erin Gee has collaborated with neurophysiologist Vaughan Macefield. During the residency, Gee will test musical algorithms and refine her data mapping and artificial intelligence software. She will also observe the changes in the actor’s behavior during several performances, through processes involving biofeedback. The ten robots Gee has created are equipped with chimes, each capable of producing six different notes, for a total of sixty notes. Depending on the signals transmitted, the chimes are hit, much like the cords in a piano, offering an impressive and physical way to visualize the abstract data.

For the works’ final presentation, the robots will be placed around a video projection of the actor’s performance. The audience is invited to imagine the actor’s emotional landscape. While, the robots will perform simultaneously to the video projection, using the data collected for this work in progress, Gee’s final objective is to achieve a live performance of the actor and robots without recording and videos.

Erin Gee is a Canadian artist who is interested in digital culture and more specifically in the way human voice takes shape in an electronic body. Working in video, performance, robotics and audio art, Gee’s work has been exhibited in North America as well as internationally, most recently at Maison des Arts, Laval (2013), EIM Festival, Sherbrooke (2013), Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal (2012), and Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney (2012). After being short-listed in the Bourges International Electroacoustic competition in 2009, Gee has performed experimental music works at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia (2011), the Deep Wireless Festival of Transmission Art, Toronto (2011), Art Souterrain, Montreal (2012) and Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney (2012). In addition to presenting papers at many conferences on sound and media art, Gee was invited to keynote the In Excess of Sound symposium at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia in 2012. Gee is a founding member of Holophon, an audio curatorial collective based out of Saskatchewan established in 2008. Gee lives and works in Montreal.

Free

27 January - 23 March 2014

  • Residency: 27 January - 23 March 2014
  • Project presentation: 27 - 30 March 2014
  • Vernissage: 27 March 2014, 18:00 - 21:00