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Hertzian Playground 赫茲遊樂場

Hertzian Playground 赫茲遊樂場

“We shape our technologies, then our technologies shape us,
in ongoing cycles that produce our everyday physical and social environments. “

William J.Mitchell”Me++: The Cyborg Self and The Networked City

“Hertzian Playground” imagines everyday technologies embedded in our lives (i.e., smartphones and the Internet) as an interface for musical expression driven by body dynamics. It turns daily usages of technology into performative gestures that prompt the resonance and exchange between people and devices, sound and body, exploring the agencies and collaborative capacities between humans and artifacts.

SHAKER

Open the webpage and select SHAKER mode. Grant access to motion data and press the “Record” button for sampling. Record one-shot sample with your phone and shake it to the rhythm.

gyro gyro
gyro

Open the webpage and select GYRO mode. Grant access to motion data and and press the “Record” button for sampling. Record one-shot sample with your phone and shake it to the rhythm.

conductor conductor
conductor

Open the webpage and select CONDUCTOR mode. Grant access to motion data and hear music playing. Wave your phone to control the music with the speed of body movements.

balance
balance

Open the webpage and select BALANCE mode. Grant access to motion data and try to keep the balance with your phone. Inattentive shakings cause noisy feedback that breaks peaceful ambience.

Click the left and right arrows or drag

We designed several interactive prototypes and embedded them into a webpage. As long as your smartphone is online with the project webpage opened, you can sample and modulate audio through the personal mobile device and interact with sounds surrounded in daily lives.

About Hertzian Playground

"Hertzian Playground" is the selected project of NTCH's "Next Theater" open call, with members from diverse backgrounds including art, music, performance, film, curating, and programming. In the post-epidemic period, how can we utilize the advantages of digital technology to establish closer cooperation among people and devices? How do participants recognize their connection with others when using their smartphones, feel the liveliness, and get their bodies back? "Hertzian Playground" hopes to respond to these questions, starting from prototyping to framework integrating and participatory practice, to continuously explore the entanglement between humans and artifacts with practical experience.

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