LADIES and GENTLEMEN, BOYS and GIRLS, CHILDREN of ALL AGES
A multi-media, multi-sensory performance at WORDS Fest, London.
Presented by VIBRAFUSIONLAB
November 7, 2015
7:00 to 8:00 pm
Centre Gallery, Museum London
The performance will feature poet Amanda Jernigan performing some of her latest poems that use nursery rhymes as a point of departure. Her performance will be accompanied by live interactive projections and sound created with the Euphonopen by visual artist Isabella Stefanescu. These combined audio elements will then be channeled through VibraFusionLab’s haptic systems providing an innovative vibrotactile translation that can be experienced by the audience.
The performance of a drawing contains information and expression that a finished drawing does not. The Euphonopen is an instrument that captures the complexity of mark-making movement and translates it into sound. Through the Euphonopen, drawing – as a subset of dance – becomes integrated with music and allows us to see and hear the drawing expressed in time as well as space.The Euphonopen prototype uses a Wacom tablet to digitize the movement of a person who draws. It collects data from the drawing such as speed, acceleration, inclination of the pen, position of the tip of the pen on the surface, distance traveled from the start of the drawing, direction of movement, curvature of movement, and pressure.
The Alternative Sensory Information Display (ASID) system is the foundation of the VibraFusionLab technology. Also referred to as the Emoti-Chair, it was developed at Inclusive Media and Design Centre, and SMART Lab (Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Lab), Ryerson University and at Tactile Audio Display Inc., Toronto. The technology separates audio signals into discrete vibrotactile output channels (voice coils) that can be presented on the body to create a high-resolution audio tactile experience through direct connection with musical instruments, live sound and digital sound files.
About the artists:
David Bobier is a multi-disciplinary artist with a strong connection to the Deaf and Disability Arts community. He is Founder, Director and Curator of VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario that investigates multi-sensory artistic modalities in the creation and presentation of art by and for people of all abilities. VibraFusionLab specializes in researching and implementing the considerable potential of the vibrotactile in generating artistic development and innovative research in the broader arts community. The use of this type of interactive multi-sensory approach provides those with different abilities to experience equal participation in art making and provides the potential to make various forms of artistic expression more accessible.
He is also Founder and Chair of London Ontario Media Arts Association and Secretary of the Board of Media Arts Network Ontario.
Klaus Engel (machine designer) is Staff Scientist at COM DEV Ltd. in Cambridge, Ontario. Over the past 35 years he has developed electromechanical systems for spacecraft supporting telecommunications, earth observation, and solar system exploration. His creations are represented on 800 flying spacecraft, several dozen in the Atlantic Ocean, and one inadvertently impaled into the Martian surface. More recently he has brought his craft down to earth to create or enable multimedia and kinetic art. He has collaborated on several interdisciplinary projects exhibited at Lennox Gallery in Toronto, Banff New Media Institute, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Amanda Jernigan (poet) is a writer, scholar, and editor. Born in Kitchener and raised in rural Waterloo Region, she spent years on the east coast of Canada before returning to Ontario to begin work on a Ph.D. She is author of two books of poems (Groundwork and All the Daylight Hours — the first of these shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2012) and of a short book on the poetry of Peter Sanger; she is editor of The Essential Richard Outram and, most recently, co-editor of Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poems. Her poems have been published in Poetry, PN Review, and The Best Canadian Poetry. Jernigan has collaborated with theatre artists in Halifax and St. John’s and, more locally, with composers James Rolfe and Michael Purves-Smith. With her husband, visual artist John Haney, she has created hand-printed pamphlets and broadsides under the imprint Gauntlet Press.
Isabella Stefanescu (visual artist) is a painter, media artist, writer and producer. She began learning to paint in her native Romania at a school for gifted children. As a teenager she came to Canada and was awarded a Descartes scholarship at the University of Waterloo, where she studied mathematics, fine arts and art history. In 2008 she completed the Telus interactive arts and entertainment residency at the Canadian Film Centre. Her work has been exhibited in public and private galleries in Canada, France, and the U.S.A. The films she wrote, produced or designed have been shown at festivals in Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Isabella Stefanescu received the K.M. Hunter award for interdisciplinary art