Aquarium

Aquarium

Extravagant forms unfurl over a 270-degree canvas, immersing — or submerging — audiences in a kind of reverse vessel, where they find themselves on display to curious underwater giants, like goldfish peering out from a bowl.

Programming: Marpi
Sound design: Bent Stamnes
Documentation: Alexa Melo
In collaboration with: The Midway Gallery

Aquarium is an experiment in organic procedural generation, visually inspired by the ornate, spiny beauty of lionfish, the merged flora-and-fauna qualities of seadragons, and the hypnotic patterns of cuttlefish. Powered by Unity, it reacts and responds to everyone who interacts with it.

Dancing with a ghost
Dancing with a ghost
Following
Following
Body Interaction
Body Interaction
Metal Tentacles
Metal Tentacles
Tentacles
Tentacles

Tentacles and feelers reach out to and around digital avatars, mapped by Kinect sensors; as audiences touch the forms, the forms touch back. Each gesture triggers a real-time, generative composition, mixed seamlessly from two hours of original music. This mix of inputs — time, algorithms, people tracking — becomes a dance and a soundtrack, playfully co-created on both sides of the screen.

Part of the New Nature series, Aquarium was first installed at The Midway Gallery in San Francisco, California, between May - July 2018.