In this part of my research, I delve deeper into Pasifika traditions and customs of Talanoa and the Va, exploring their meaning as I voyage through unfamiliar territories in my artistic practice. I use shapeshifting sculptures as a means of ongoing experimentation across different media and social platforms to gain a deeper understanding. I created an audio-reactive sculpture with the goal of exploring how to process audio reactivity through augmented reality (AR). This is just the beginning of my research project, which is my response to these spaces of shared knowledge. The aim is to make the invisible voices appear visible.
Using the ever-evolving shapeshifting sculpture ‘Golden Pendulum,’ I am testing the first iteration of audio reactivity. The animation is activated by the sound of my voice, which is recorded through AR-powered glasses by Spectacles. I have made several recordings using both my voice and a music playlist to activate the work. I am currently working on the second iteration. Stay tuned as the creative process continues…
We attended the Dali exhibition at Spark Arena in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland, New Zealand), which provided a great opportunity to test the audio-reactive values in the lens titled “Visible Voices,” using the soundscapes provided by the exhibit. It was great to see some of my favorite Dali works, such as Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man, Galatea of the Spheres, The Enigma of Desire, and my ultimate favorite, The Temptation of St. Anthony.
I have always been intrigued by the idea of digital art taking over gallery and museum spaces. The use of augmented reality to “hijack” creative spaces creates an unauthorized collaboration between live music and AR. Here are a few examples of how AR can be used to do this.