Ircam Centre Pompidou
Proxemic Fields is more a research than an object. The research didn’t end with the final presentation.
The installation showed at Ircam – Forumin 2017 is more a way to show a step of a path then the end of it.
Here’s a conference explaining the whole concept and the guidelines of the research:
The aspect that interests me is the relationship between gesture and sound, the perception of the mouvement of the soundscape, the relationship with an ambisonic system, hybrid listening between headphones and loudspeakers.
This installation, based on a research on human social space and its role in occidental life, takes into account certain new domestic technologies seen as elements of change of the social space itself. The discipline that studies social space is called Proxemia.
The installation is divided into two areas and the user is supposed to go thru both:
The first area is where you get a sense of intimate listening and you will receive instructions about the installation.
This first section is headphone-based and should include a path through the building. A sort of “walk”.
The second is where you share the experience of listening, manipulating and mixing sound with people. This phase is based on an HOA system of 24 speakers controllable by telephone.
Gesture and space are strictly linked by sound and its morphology.
The accelerations on the controllers, in this case on cell phones, produce changes in terms of mouvement, but also in terms of timbre, effects, granularization, pitch and distortion. This set of parameters creates a complex system that produces an always changing soundscape.