TUTCH in London, Ontario
I spent last week in London, Ontario at the Vibrafusion Lab creating a new interactive piece. Entitled Tutch, this work was created to be experienced through vibrations in a chair wired with speakers. The technology was originally developed for the hearing impaired to experience movie soundtracks and music, but a few of us spent some time last week imagining what vibratactile art (art experienced through touch) might be. The work I created allows users to control various modules that use diverse approaches to generate vibrations: drones with frequency maps, polyrhythms from low frequency oscillators, sequences of pitches, and expressive constrained random curves. We put on an event on Thursday night (August 21, 2014) and got some positive feedback. Thanks to David Bobier, the Vibrafusion Lab, and Ryerson University for this opportunity.