Echtzeitstudien

Digital traces are omnipresent – as soon as we leave our houses, we trail behind a tail of data in the form of bluetooth and network signals.

Together with the art collective Plex Noir we realized «Echtzeitstudien» – an audio-visual installation visualising the cellular data trails generated by the visitors. As soon as a visitor entered the museum courtyard, an abstract visual representation appeared on the facade following their each and every step. Additionally they could connect to the available wireless network which would forward them to the installation’s website where they could interact with their digital shadow via touch-input or rotation of their devices.
Each visitor was assigned one of four themes – dynamic cells, contour lines, starling or force fields, which all had individual appearances as well as sound.
The exhibition was opened with a dance performance by Sandra Hanschitz and Lisa Klingelhöfer.

Tech-Details
Most parts of the project were build in cables – the visual web-based programming editor we develop at undev. Using the efficiency of WebGL 2 and the new possibilities of Web Audio we were able to project in 4920 × 1920, generate the sound and react to user input. Using cables as a development environment for this project worked out great, as the lines between programmers and art-directors / sound designers blurred – it was easy to tweak visual / acoustic parameters for the non-programmers in the team which would have been a lot more time-consuming in a classical, text-based development environment.

Credits
Concept & Art Direction
Plex Noir (Alexander Rechberg, Daniel Becker, Fabian Pflaum)
Development Graphics
Thomas Kombüchen (undev)
Development Sound
Tim Pulver (undev)
Development Backend, Mobile & Wi-Fi
Daniel Becker, Alexander Rechberg
Sound Design
Adrian Rennertz, Tim Pulver (undev), Fabian Pflaum
Performance Choreography
Sandra Hanschitz
Performance Dance
Lisa Klingelhöfer, Sandra Hanschitz