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Chris Dodge :: The Winds that Wash the Seas [1994-95]

The interactive installation »The Winds that Wash the Seas« explores the utilization of physical media - air and water - as evocative interfaces to computer-based interactive systems.
Two interfaces allow the users to simultaneously influence the visual information projected onto the back wall of the installation space: One user can blow against a video monitor, and the other can stir the water in a white bathtub. The direction and the severity of the gusts hitting the monitor as well as the degree of turbulence in the water are each registered by an algorithm, thus offering the possibility to influence the type and the extent of the transformation of the projected images. The two physical media thus act as non-linear intermediaries between the viewer and the underlying computational system.

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Type of Work
Interactive installation

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Credits
· Concept, realization, custom software: Chris Dodge
Production: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media in collaboration with the Fachhochschule Karlsruhe

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Hardware
2 Silicon Graphics Indigo 2 with Galileo board
486 PC with Matrox video capture card
Ethernet connection
video projector
computer monitor
video camera
audio amplifier, 2 speakers
custom blow interface, developed by Joachim Hund and Micahel Oberle
bathtub

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Software
custom software, developed by Chris Dodge

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ZKM-department
· Institute for Visual Media

Presentations [selected]

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