3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge


Ed Osborn
developed with the assistance of Luke Bullock, Lea Cox, Chau-Marie Griffiths, Margaretha Anne Haughwout, Brendan Salmond, and Marc Sciglimpaglia, all members of a project group in the Digital Arts and New Media Program at UC Santa Cruz. Support for the the piece was provided by the Arts Research Institute and Committee on Research at UC Santa Cruz, and by the Department of Visual Arts at Brown University.
Courtesy of the Catherine Clark Gallery
Electromechanical devices, motors, audio speakers
01SJ Biennial: Superlight
San Jose Museum of Art
May 10 – August 31, 2008

Outfield is an interactive, kinetic installation made from a variety of sound-producing electromechanical objects and an array of small loudspeakers. The objects are controlled by software that uses neural network modeling to shape the overall behavior of the installation. The loudspeakers play subtly-altered recordings of the objects; these recordings blend with and augment the acoustic space generated by the objects. As they do so they reveal delicate distinctions in texture between the live and recorded sounds. As a result, a complex set of systemic interrelationships and causalities emerges over time from the actions of the individual objects, the patterns of their activities, and the interplay between live and recorded sound. The viewer and listener is immersed in a continually shifting field of the physical sounds of electronic activity, and electronic sounds of physical motion.