Interference

Interference is the first interactive art installation produced by the AVAST team. It is an experiment in the physical properties of light and sound.

Interference is the first interactive art installation produced by the AVAST team. There will be a short opening reception and demonstration of the installation on Monday, June 4, at 11:00am.

AVAST is a group of four UBC visual arts and music students working under the direction of Professors Bob Pritchard andRichard Prince to create a series of interactive audio/visual installations.

Interference is an experiment in the physical properties of light and sound. Placed somewhat inconspicuously against two walls, the installation will immediately detect any passers-by who happen into its sphere, allowing them to directly interact with the piece.

Each segment the viewers activate on either side of the installation represents a breakdown of a pure form of the corresponding medium. Although we perceive it as a unified whole, white light is a combination of all colours. Similarly, a seemingly natural sound is a combination of many frequencies.

The installation provides a space in which viewers are able to engage with the work with their own bodies. Their movement through the gap between the two components triggers the corresponding audio and visual events, and as a result, allows the participant to fully connect with the work. Movement, the physicality of a space, gesticulation, and the human senses can combine to create endlessly unique compositions.

The two sides of the installation are also dynamically linked. As viewers progress along one side, the opposite side reacts and changes, allowing for the creation of a deeper and more complicated audio/visual experience. Viewers can only truly enjoy the installation when they not only interrupt their own daily movement patterns, but when they ask another person to interrupt theirs as well.

The AVAST project is supported by the UBC 2012 Arts Undergraduate Research Award.