September 21, 2020

Die Wolke art group

Die Wolke #3

Body interface development

A summary of the function of the interfaces used for Δtopia

Body electronics

To facilitate the interactive aspects of Δtopia, inertial and mechanical sensors on the dancer’s body — in this case, Drosia’s — transmit motion data wirelessly to computers for processing and use for musical control, modulation, or other algorithmic input. A kind of information feedback loop is created as the dancer further reacts to the sounds, creating fertile ground for improvisation and an experimental method of discovering connections between gesture and sound.

Ioannis Perisoratis developed the interfaces using Arduino boards, RF modems, 9 degree-of-freedom inertial sensors, and even simple potentiometers. Two arm modules are built on orthopaedic braces, allowing for a convenient measuring point of elbow angle, while there are also leg and neck modules. The 3D-printed plastics were designed by architect Ioanna Symeonidou: they serve to support the boards, conceal the batteries, and provide mounting points for the wiring.

Dtopia Interface development

Additionally, we are giving the link of another source material interview, this time by Dimitris Dalezis. Dimitris is a music composer and performer, plays the trumpet, keyboards, and electronics, and has been involved with past Die Wolke art group interactive performance projects.

Dimitris Dalezis Δtopia interview