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|Many cultural theorists claim that the physical body is becoming irrelevant and obsolescent in the cyberage. Our self image, relationships, and actions in the world are increasingly mediated, electronic, and remote. For example, most work manipulates information rather than physical objects and interactions do not require physical prescence. Physical gender, age, and body shape are invisible in electronic communication. Computer mediated medical imaging presents views of the body unavialble to unaugmented senses. Bioinfomatics attempts to unravel the informational core of the body.|
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|Body Surfing uses state of the
art body sensing technology to ironically
question these claims by allowing visitors to investigate the
and pleasures of the body in contexts such as dance, physical labor,
feasting, erotic touch, hunger, sickness, old age,
dissection, dna modeling, and medical imaging.
|Media events are accessed
through drumming, stretching, touching, gesturing, dancing, and
which are sensed and responded to by computers.
- Each beat of the drum brings body sounds, changes in lighting, and changes in the projected images.
- Stretching causes some images to enlarge.
- Visitors must run around the room in order keep digital movies running and to access web pages
- Web visitors can also participate via their virtual body - sending drum sequences, body sounds, and texts to be read by the speech synthesizer.
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***Note Interactive Web Features only
during installation dates**
A conga drum offers the main interface in the installation.
visitors beat on the drum to select images and sounds. Each time they
the drum responds with its physical resonance, lights flash, the drum
grunt sounds, and new media choices become available. So
can you do with your virtual non-physically present body?
1. You can beat the drum virtually. Select a sequence of beats below. The installation will announce your virtual presence and present simulated drum beats which will affect the media event experienced by physical visitors. Go to drum sequence section.
2. You can record a body sound such as a grunt that will become part of the repertoire of sounds that the drum responds with when beat. Go to grunt section.
3. The installation periodically uses synthesized voices to read texts written by cultural theorists which analyze the role of the body in the contemporary world. You can suggest texts to be read by providing web links. Go to text suggestion section.