MARTIN HESSELMEIER & ANDREAS MUXEL

CAPACITIVE BODY
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ANDREAS MUXEL

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Each custom built module consists of an electroluminescent light wire linked to a piezoelectric sensor and a microcontroller. Through its modular setup it can easily be adapted to various urban spaces. The sensors are used to measure vibrations of architectural solids in a range of low frequencies. These oscillations are triggered by surrounding ambient noise, for example traffic noise. The sensor data controls the light wires, which are tensed to a spatial net structure. According to the values of the measurement light flashes are generated. With increasing vibrations the time between flashes becomes shorter and shorter. The stability of this nervous system gets to an end where it collapses and restarts again. A dynamic light space is thereby created, which creates a visual feedback of the aural activity around the installation.

hardware / software
The microcontroller of each module is based on the physical computing platform Arduino and was custom built for this project. Each module has its own simple program logic and there is no digital connection between the elements. Their behavior is triggered by the aural conditions of the environment.
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source: fileorgbr
Abstract:
A instalação “corpo capacitivo” é um sistema de luz modular que reage aos sons do ambiente. Cada módulo feito sob medida consiste em um fio de luz eletro-luminescente ligado a um sensor piezelétrico e um microcontrolador. Através desse esquema modular ele pode ser facilmente adaptado a diversos espaços urbanos. Os sensores são utilizados para medir as vibrações de sólidos arquitetônicos em uma faixa de baixas frequências. Essas oscilações são provocadas pelo ruído ambiente, por exemplo, o ruído do tráfego. O sensor de dados controla os fios de luz, que são estendidos em uma estrutura de rede espacial. Conforme os valores da medição, são gerados flashes de luz. Com o aumento das vibrações, o tempo entre os flashes torna-se cada vez menor. A estabilidade desse sistema nervoso chega ao fim quando ele desmorona e recomeça. Um espaço de luz dinâmica é assim criado, gerando um feedback visual da atividade aural ao redor da instalação.
Biography:
Em 2002 Martin Hesselmeier formou-se em design de comunicação pela Universidade de Ciências Aplicadas, Academia de Artes e Desenho de Mannheim, e em 2007 tirou o diploma em mídia audiovisual pela Academia de Artes da Mídia de Colônia como estudante de pós-graduação. Desde então ele trabalha para a União Europeia no projeto de pesquisa “Citizen Media” como designer de interface de usuário. Também trabalha para vários estúdios de design na Alemanha.
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source: fileorgbr
Abstract:
The installation “capacitive body” is a modular light system that reacts to the sound of its environment. Each custom-built module consists of an electro-luminescent light wire linked to a piezoelectric sensor and a microcontroller. Through its modular setup it can easily be adapted to various urban spaces. The sensors are used to measure vibrations of architectural solids in a range of low frequencies. These oscillations are triggered by surrounding ambient noise, for example traffic noise. The data sensor controls the light wires, which are tensed to a spatial net structure. According to the values of the measurement, light flashes are generated. With increasing vibrations the time between flashes becomes shorter and shorter. The stability of this nervous system gets to an end where it collapses and restarts again. A dynamic light space is thereby created, which creates a visual feedback of the aural activity around the installation.
Biography:
In 2002 Martin Hesselmeier received a Diploma in Communication Design from the Fachhochschule Mannheim, academy of arts and design Mannheim and in 2007 a Diploma in Audio-Visual Media at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne as a postraduate student and has since been working for the European Union Research Project “Citizen Media” as a designer. He is also working for various design studios in Germany. In 2004 Andreas Muxel received a Diploma in Media Communication Design from the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, Austria. Between 2004 and 2007 he works as an interaction and interface designer for the MARS-Exploratory Media Lab at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication. In 2008 he finished his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In his works he is interested in the mixture of digital code and physical material and the man-machine interface. He lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
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source: martinhesselmeier
His focus is on reactive installations with the limits of human perception. The questioning of the credibility of mediated content and the blurring of boundaries between reality and virtuality. His work has been shown in many institutes and international festivals of media art. Martin Hesselmeier received a Diploma in Audio-Visual Media at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne as a postgraduate student and a Diploma in Communication Design from the University of Applied Sciences, academy of arts and design Mannheim. He lives and works in cologne.