DOUBLE ALPHA 

This interactive audiovisual installation was commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Laboratoire de recherches inter-universitaire sur les œuvres hypermédiatiques NT2. An illuminated transparent geometric form floats in the centre of a room plunged into darkness. Spectators use a computer keyboard to type in their names and generate a personalized form.

In synch with sound, the form turns continuously on its own axis, creating the impression that the rotating movement is real. An optical illusion technique gives the projected form a 3D effect.

Double Alpha addresses individual identity associated with a first name : spectators identify with the geometric structure. Audience reaction during the presentation at NT2 varied. Some were proud of their forms and validated them before sharing them with their friends. Others seemed amused, surprised, disappointed or perplexed by the form associated with them.

The experience is the result of the relation between the identity, the first name, the form and the authority of the machine.

Exhibitions :
– Double Alpha, URBANIA’s new magazine launch, Montreal (CA), 2014 The exhibition of Double Alpha at the URBANIA 2014 magazine launch has profited from the support of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT).
– Laboratoire de recherches sur les œuvres hypermédiatiques NT2, centre for inter university research of the University of Quebec in Montreal, Concordia University, University of Laval, McGill University, University of Montreal and University of Regina, Montreal (CA), 2014

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Form generated by the name Karine

URBANIA’s new magazine launch, Montreal (CA), 2014. Photo : Sébastien Roy

URBANIA’s new magazine launch, Montreal (CA), 2014. Photo : Sébastien Roy

URBANIA’s new magazine launch, Montreal (CA), 2014. Photo : Sébastien Roy

URBANIA’s new magazine launch, Montreal (CA), 2014. Photo : Sébastien Roy

URBANIA’s new magazine launch, Montreal (CA), 2014. Photo : Sébastien Roy

URBANIA’s new magazine launch, Montreal (CA), 2014. Photo : Sébastien Roy

Created in 2014

Technique : Polyolefin, 4 steel cables, multimedia software, control computer, computer for the audience, Internet connexion, video projector, 2 speakers, pedestal

Dimensions: 38 x 38 x 122 cm

Press and documentation :
Mention, Sebastienroy.ca, Montreal (CA), 2014
Article, Dario Bivona Blog, Montreal (CA), 2014
Mention, URBANIA’s newsletter, Montreal (CA), 2014
Mention, Allevents.in, Montreal (CA), 2014
Mention, MTL Blog, Montreal (CA), 2014

Credits: Music, 3D, programming and design: Manuel Chantre

Commissioned by the Laboratoire de recherches sur les œuvres hypermédiatiques NT2, centre for inter university research of the University of Quebec in Montreal, Concordia University, University of Laval, McGill University, University of Montreal and University of Regina, Montreal, 2014

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