Art.CHI 2017

Interactive Media Works

A CHI2017 Exhibition


Distractions is a kinetic sculpture that interactively visualizes data using infrasound vibrations.

Distractions brings invisible and inaudible signals into the kinetic domain. By picking up the electromagnetic waves in the exhibition space, it visualizes the signals communicating with the mobile devices that are brought into this space by the visitors. Such signals, which would go unnoticed by human perception, represent some of the most prevalent sources of distraction in our everyday lives. The work comments not only on the artist's process, which is inherently plagued with such distractions, but also on the relationship between modern audiences and exhibition spaces. Relying exclusively on digital computing techniques, such as depth imaging, signal processing, audio synthesis and numeric milling, Distractions visualizes data, without using computer displays, through infrasound vibrations that activate a point cloud of the artist's head.

Anıl Çamcı
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois, Chicago