Fusiform Polyphony (Face Music)

Toronto Canada, Sao Paulo Brazil

2011

Fusiform Polyphony (Face Music) 2011 is a series of six robotic sculptures commissioned by Nuit Blanch Toronto in 2011 by Shirley Madill. They were designed to compose their own music with input from participant images. Micro video cameras mounted on these robots, move toward people’s bodies and faces while capturing human snapshots. These images are digitally processed and pixelated and turned into a constantly evolving generative soundscape, where facial features are turned into sound melody and rhythm.

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Premiere of Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo at Yonge Dundas Square, Nuit Blanch 2011 commissioned by curator Shirley Madill

These robots take the multicultural makeup of any city and have the unique look of each person, create a different soundscape. Each “face song” joining with other facial soundscapes creates an overall sonic human / robot experience. These elements fused manifest the viewer as participant / actor / contributor and conductor in defining new ways of interacting with robots and creating a unique sonic and live action robotics / video environment.

An additional component of this work will be to take these images and project them above Yonge Dundas Square onto the LED screens that float above the city.

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Premiere of Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo at Yonge Dundas Square, Nuit Blanch 2011 commissioned by curator Shirley Madill

These works will explore new morphologies of soft robotics, an emerging field, where soft skins are created, allowing robots to have an artificial sense of their environment and being more approachable than industrial robots.

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Premiere of Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo at ITAU CULTURAL in Sao Paolo Brazil curated by Guilherme Kujawski

The questions and research I posit in the context of contemporary interactive electronic arts are; how can a robot structure, inform, enhance and magnify peoples behavior and interactions? How can generative algorithms be scripted to compose and playback a unique and constantly evolving generative soundscape while maintaining

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Premiere of Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo at Yonge Dundas Square, Nuit Blanch 2011 commissioned by curator Shirley Madill

Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo at Itau Cultural curated by Gulerme

Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo at Itau Cultural curated by Gulerme

B1.FutureFace10Premiere of Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo at Yonge Dundas Square, Nuit Blanch 2011 commissioned by curator Shirley Madill

EXHIBITIONS:

NUIT BLANCHE Toronto Canada, Oct, 2011
Premiere of commissioned Fusiform Polyphony: Face Music at Yonge Dundas Square  and 2 Paparazzi Bots in the Eaton Centre.            Invited by curator Shirley Madill
ITAU CULTURAL, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012
Face Music Installation invited by Guilherme Kujawski Ramos

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

CATALOGS

Emocao Art.ficial 6.0 bienal internacional de arte e technologia, catalog 2013 pgs. 18, 19, 77. Coverage of Face Music robotic work

REVIEWS

Wired Magazine Tech Art, Beyond the Beyond, by Bruce Sterling, March, 13, 2014 Fusiform Polyphony review.
Dinmiid.com tech Art: Ken Rinaldo “Fusiform Polyphony”
VIEOOZ.US, Tech Art Ken Rinaldo & Tom Hawkins, March, 13, 2014 Fusiform Polyphony review.
SOFTWARE CHALET.com, Music and Artificial Intelligence, , March, 13, 2014 Fusiform Polyphony review.

CREDITS / TECHNICAL

Ken Rinaldo: Design and concept
Construction and mechanical design: Ken Rinaldo
Construction: Nick Bontrager
3D modeling and rapid prototyping: Ken Rinaldo
MIDITRON interface design: Ken Rinaldo
Programming MAX MSP Jitter / Abelton Live: Nathaniel Hartman
Metal laser cutting and Fabrication of upper portion: AllFab Inc. Columbus Ohio
Network consulting OSU: Mike Kaylor & Sandy Shew

Lessons on building and programming interactive robots using MAX MSP and Jitter and Miditron (though no longer manufactured) Arduino lessons instead.

SHOW REQUIREMENT & DIMENSIONS

This work can be displayed in the normal darkened room with spot lights in cans to illuminate individual sculptures. 5 projectgions screens or white walls to receive projections.  Best display space is a room 25 x 25 feet minimum size. Min ceiling height is 12 feet.

KEYWORDS

robotics, projections, futures robot, human tracking, sound, soft robotics, database

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Wired Magazine Tech Art, Beyond the Beyond, by Bruce Sterling, March, 13, 2014 Fusiform Polyphony review.
Dinmiid.com tech Art: Ken Rinaldo “Fusiform Polyphony”
Emocao Art.ficial 6.0 bienal internacional de arte e technologia, catalog 2013 pgs. 18, 19, 77. Coverage of Face Music robotic work
SOFTWARE CHALET.com, Music and Artificial Intelligence, , March, 13, 2014 Fusiform Polyphony review.
VIEOOZ.US, Tech Art Ken Rinaldo & Tom Hawkins, March, 13, 2014 Fusiform Polyphony review.
SOFTWARE CHALET.com, Music and Artificial Intelligence, , March, 13, 2014 Fusiform Polyphony review
The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Company uses lasers to build 3-D prototypes, layer by layer, By Amy Friedenberger, Sunday September 8, 2013

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