Normalised Interfacing Karlsruhe

Soundwalk for ZKM Gallery with Emily Fong Mapping

I was commissioned by Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe (ZKM) (Centre for Art and Media, Karsruhe) as a part of their “My City My Sounds” residencies. ZKM was developed as an Arts and Media museum, with a mission to continue the classical arts into the digital age.

The “My City My Sounds” programme is a part of their exploration of sound and the digital space. The My City My Sounds app was developed by the Institute for Music and Acoustics at ZKM by a team of artists and scientists.

My project was inspired by the notion that my body is an interface between myself and my environment. I can only experience that environment through my body. What happens when you do not posses the body that the city was built for? My disability creates a unique interface on a practical and social level.

My proposal for “Interfaces – My City My Sounds” was to map and document the process of a disabled body interfacing with a new city via a series of body sensors (EEG & ECG), a sound recorder, video, photo stills, improvised spoken blog posts and a location tracker. What impact does a city have on a sick body?

I then reworked excerpts from the documentation into a soundscape controlled by the body sensors. EEG and ECG sensors attached to my body processed the different layers of the recording in real time during the performance events.