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Laura Wright: Listening Machine

I began to question who or if anyone is listening and have we forgotten this act in favor of the ability to project our ideas.

 

Listening

Max Patch

Laura Wright

 

For my final project, I combined the knowledge I gained to control video and sound in DANM 22O with my experiments in an independent film study on performance.  The “Listening” patch provides a user with a concerned listener who responds to their voice in slight movements.  In this patch the listener is myself using gentle affirming body language such as slight head nods, eye contact, and changing positions and a bonus patch of my attentive dog, Jolene, listening.  The users voice activates this patch so the film only progresses, meaning Jolene and I move, when it is being spoken to. 

 

My interest in creating this listening device began after I had done some research on YouTube and noticed how many people have created videos to tell the viewer something.  With the growth of technological access, our ability to project our ideas has become limitless.  I began to question who or if anyone is listening and have we forgotten this act in favor of the ability to project our ideas.   After understanding that technology, and specifically Max, can use sound to generate a response, I decided to create a program that is equally about receiving and responding.

 

Year: 
2012