RÃƒÂ©gine of Near Near Future has some more interactive strings, along the lines of last week’s laser harp:
(Cellists out there are probably wondering why the idea of “interactive strings” is new. Well, clearly you don’t und. . . um . . . okay, you’ve got me.)
Anyway, this stuff is big business. Artist David Small got a gig here in NYC with cosmetics giant L’oreal; his poetry harp triggers billowing poetry.
As for the op_era, I’m at a loss. First, it claims to be four-dimensional. (Okay, it exists in time I suppose — so does a Calder mobile.) Let’s let them explain that: “If the interactor proceeds through dimensions 1D to 2D, the prior dimension is incremented to the next (2= 2+1), a rule that also correspond to the integration of the body.” Wait a minute, what?! Maybe the last line says it best: “In this dimension, space visualization and cognition is only possible through simulation.”
Yes, this gets at the real reason for designing this interaction: to make you get really, really dizzy. Think I’m exaggerating? Try the QuickTime videos. Help!! . . . I’m falling into a big spiral hole . . . aaaaaaaaaaa . . . .