ACM SIGGRAPH 2013 Art Gallery on - SIGGRAPH '13
A B S T R A C T KIMA is a holographic surround-sound installation that visualizes telepresence as both a phonetic and a synaesthetic phenomenon. The performance piece is based on the physical conditions of cymatics-the study of physically visible sound wave patterns. Two environments, a quad surround and a holographic interface, build the framework of a telematic experience that illustrates communication as wave forms while focusing on the relationship between sound and matter. Project
... on KIMA is an interactive art installation with multiple objectives: On the one hand, KIMA is designed to be a live performance that challenges conceptions of on-stage telepresence. On the other hand, KIMA is an interactive installation that can be explored by individuals. KIMA focuses on the intrinsic relationship between matter and sound, of the audio/visual. KIMA offers the chance to visually and phonetically experience how sound and image mutually influence each other, generate each other, and ultimately condition each other (Figure 1 ). KIMA is designed to be a user-independent installation. When not performed by live artists (a performer and a vocalist), it can be experienced by audiences as an explorative installation in which two users interact remotely-creating a phonetic field alongside a holographic visualization of this soundscape. A user in space A creates sound through voice and movement to be transmitted and visualized in space B. The user in space B modifies not only the sound environment, but equally the cymatic patterns it generates. Sound is experienced as the essence of communication. On a perceptive level, KIMA presents the user with a new form of telepresent experience: Rather than focusing on photorealism in representation, KIMA looks at sound and matter as the bricks and mortar of communication.