// Listening Mirrors is a sound art installation and instrument that warps and blurs the boundaries between real and designed realities, opening up a new space for participants to explore these two worlds as one. It challenges existing cultural conditioning of perception with new sonic networking systems. It promotes shared modes of musical expression for musicians and non-musicians alike. The instrument, in its construction and interaction design, investigates ways in which collective sonic expression can be made possible using Audio Augmented Reality technology (AAR) and acoustic mirrors, whilst exploring how such environments promote collaborative sonic expression. Listening Mirrors is composed of a virtual acoustic mirror (an IOS app built with OpenFrameworks, LibPD with bone-conduction headphones)and a parabolic acoustic mirror (built from aluminium metal sheets, piano wires and 3D printed joints, and brought under tension with double bass strings, bending each piano wire and aluminium sheet to form its parabolic shape), all networked and excited by transducers that stream sound from the real and virtual sonic environments.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
// Cécile Chevalier & Chris Kiefer are a FR/UK artist duo who test out the sonic, physical and technological boundaries of collective experiences through interactive sound art. They locate their work within cybernetics and systems art, drawing on new algorithmic and material technologies, creating technologically altered perception and playful interactive experiences. The collaboration is equal in merging together systems aesthetics, musicology, sound and material aesthetics, instrumentalist and computer science.
EXHIBITION, PUBLICATION & CONFERENCE
// Listening Mirrors #01 exhibited @Fort Process sound art Festival, Newhaven, UK Sept 18 (exhibition) //// Chevalier, Cécile and Kiefer, Chris (2018-2021 date tbc) What Does Augmented Reality mean as a Medium of Expression for Computational Artists? Leonardo. ISSN 0024-094X (Accepted - 2018) (journal article ) //// Chevalier, Cécile and Kiefer, Chris and (2018) Listening Mirrors, International Conference on Live Interface (ICLI), Porto, Portugal (conference & conference proceedings) //// Chevalier, Cécile and Kiefer, Chris (June 2018) Towards new modes of collective musical expression through audio augmented reality. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Virginia, USA (conference & conference proceedings) //