ANIMA | Art Installation

ANIMA is an interactive installation that investigates the nature of communication. This 3-dimensional sphere poses as an intelligent and emotional entity. It communicates by interpreting body movements and portrays its character by responding to the observant with an array of audiovisual expressions. Through this behavioural process the installation creates the illusion of being sensory. Because of its inherently different nature, this abstract form challenges our premise for communication.The work challenges us to think about how we relate to the world, and the people around us. ANIMA is an ongoing research on the questions we ask oyselves: How do we communicate with the world around us? How do we give meaning to interaction? Is this an internal or external response? How do we relate to somebody/something different from ourselves? What does it mean to have contact? When do we perceive something as having a soul?

Medium
The installation consists of a 2 meter diameter sphere, projected from the inside using a single projector. By using infrared sensors the entity senses the activity of people around it, interprets these inputs through an artificial intelligence algorithm and responds with its own emotional state through colour spectrum, fluidity and speed of motion of the digital fluid emulation (inopenFrameworks). Omnidirectional sound is generated by granular re-synthesis (in MAX) of falling water droplets, modulating in accordance with the color spectrum of the projection.

Team
Frouke ten Velden, onformative – Cedric Kiefer, Mick van Olst, João Fonseca -, Nick Verstand, Geert Schaap, Dirk Broenink, Emilie van Spronsen, Daniel Mulder, Friso Hoekstra

Partners
Pufferfish, Beamsystems, Amsterdam Dance Event, Volkshotel, The Creators Project,
supported by Microsoft, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst

Press
The Creators Project (US, DE, NL), AT5 (NL), Ideaslab (ROU), The Berlin Agenda (DE), ELLE Magazine,
We Are Public (NL), Thump, Amsterdam Dance Event, MassiveMusic

Exhibitions & talks
• SXSW festival, Austin (Texas, USA), 2016
• Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL), 2015
• Fiber Festival, Amsterdam (NL), 2015
• TEDxDelft (NL), 2015
• Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin (DE), 2014
• Kantor – Art+Technology Festival, Amsterdam (NL), 2014
• Amsterdam Dance Event, VolksHotel, Amsterdam (NL), 2014

Watch the registration of ANIMA at The Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam HERE

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