How to use a Sense/Stage MiniBee

In my performance setup for Synaesthesia I use the Sense/Stage Minibee, developed by Marije Baalman. The MiniBees are wireless versions of Arduino that can be used in live performances, installations, or whenever there’s a need for wireless communication for sensors and actuators.
Read how to use them in this new tutorial, that describes the steps I made for developing my setup.
How to use a Sense/Stage MiniBee

Synaesthesia premiered!

On Saturday 22th October I premiered my new live performance “Synaesthesia” in Compagnietheater in Amsterdam, event commisioned by Amsterdam Dance Event and funded by Stimuleringfonds Creatieve Industrie.

The piece was a live electronics solo performance, involving biophysical sensors and active lighting. The inner exploration of the senses was transduced into sound and light through a custom designed sound synthesis that reacted on the various sensors placed on the body of the performer.

 

Funded project for ADE Sound Lab 2016

Selected participant and winner of the grant organized by ADE Sound Lab and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie NL for the proposed performance Synaesthesia.

Synaesthesia aims to explore the musical and corporeal performance practice built upon the active stimulation of the senses of sight, hearing and the perception of the muscles. The performance is based on a synesthetic system composed of wearable sensors that respond both to bio-signals and dynamically controlled lighting.

The resulting performance will be held during the Amsterdam Dance Event in October 2016.

Page of the project on StimuleringFonds.nl
List of the selected projects

Segno

Realization of a soundscape and interactive light system for an installation. This installation is made of a sculpture resembling an exploded tree and a crucifix built with scrap metal, and a sound and light accompanying system. The light system has a proximity sensor that makes the illumination of the sculpture react to the distance of the observer.

The soundscape diffusing from the sculpture narrates the birth of a dead unnatural tree.

This work has been displayed at the “La Fornace delle Idee: Lavoro ad Arte” exhibition at the Fornace Michelagnoli, organized by “Signa è Fiera” during Semptember 2015.

Light Painting

Light painting, or light drawing, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself during exposure.

 

Realization of a video processing environment for the event “OHM – Percezione del Tempo e Quarta Dimensione”,  funded by the ”Estate Fiorentina 2015” festival of Firenze.

The event has taken place in the beautiful cloister of the Basilica di Santo Spirito, in Firenze, involving the creation of a custom spacial environment and a series of light objects of different colors for the attendees, who could use even their smarphones thanks to the QR codes made available on the “palette” at the entrance.
Children, teens, and adults of all ages had fun giving immediate shape to their inspiration by painting with light and seeing their creation projected in real time on the vaults of the sacristy.
During the evening the light painting sessions were interspersed between various attractions created by OHM’s artistic direction, that gave birth to an extremely diverse entertainment going from harpsicordist entr’acte and specifically tailored choreographies for original music composed for the event.

The colour palette
The colour palette

The video processing environment allows to create a “light painting” in a few seconds, by moving bright sources of light in front of a video camera. It the environment it is possible to quickly save the image and upload it to the internet, to erase it and begin with a new “canvas”, and to create a video, so that it is possible to re-enact the creation of the painting.

The event has taken place on the 17th September 2015.

See the Galleries of the pictures produced during the event.
Gallery 1
Gallery 2