April 23rd, 2009

Feel the Vibes

via Eric Gunther

On Friday and Saturday this week,
I will be presenting artworks for the body
a conference on low-frequency vibration,
at CAVS, organized by Wendy Jacob.
That’s right, a conference about vibration!

On Friday, there will be a wildly diverse
series of 10-minute talks on vibration.
There will be scientists, biologists, artists,
roboticists, designers, acousticians…
(Peep the lineup below.) [see here]
I will be speaking around 11:30AM.

I will also be showing OrganOrgan,
my multichannel vibrotactile surface.

On Saturday night, there will be a party,
with performances on a special dance floor
activated by vibrations.
I will be beatboxing into the floor.

The conference is open to the public.
See below for details.
Hope to see some of you there!



MIT Visual Arts Program announces

low-frequency vibration:
a conference, workshop and dance party

Sponsored by:
Center for Advanced Visual Studies
265 Massachusetts Avenue, N52-390

Conference: Friday, April 24 10AM-5PM
Workshop: Saturday, April 25 10AM-5PM
Dance Party: Saturday, April 25, 8-10PM

A specially-built raised floor at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies will be activated with low-frequency vibrations. During the conference, the floor will be used as a platform on which to hold a dialog (in speech and sign) between artists, designers, scientists and students. During the workshop, the floor will be used as an instrument for acoustic experiments in resonant vibrations. At the dance party, the floor will become a stage for performances and dancing.

Waves and Signs was initiated by Wendy Jacob with students and faculty from MIT and Gallaudet University. Gallaudet is the world’s only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Wendy Jacob is a Visual Arts Program lecturer, Director of the Autisim Studio, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS).

Dance Party
Saturday, April 25 8-10PM

A floor will be activated with low-frequency vibrations and will be used as a site for performances and dancing. By sitting, standing, dancing on the floor, visitors will be able to experience sound through their bodies.

Performers include:
DJ Pandai’a, of BASSIC
Jessica Rylan, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT
Andrew Colwell, throat-singer
Eric Gunther, electronic musician
With sound by Damion Romero, Nikolas Francis, and Resonance Workshop participants

Wish I could make it to the conference, but I gotta teach all day tomorrow. The “silent” dance party will have to suffice. Pandaia has been raving about the vibrating floor. Dubstep and beatbox and throat-singing sound perfect for it. I think we’ll take the babies and let em vibrate along.


I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

I represent like that.

wayne at wayneandwax dot com

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