interactive video installation. LED tv, mac mini, microcontroller, copper, wood. 2015
Bound by Periphery is an interactive art object that explores aspects of peripheral awareness through human presence and touch. Upon approaching the object, the viewer is revealed a moving, meditative, wave-like image on a screen resting face up on the gallery floor. By crouching down and physically exploring the copper frame through touch, the imagery begins to change; the water becomes clear, colors increase and decrease in saturation, and the speed of the waves slows down. Through presence and an acute awareness of the boundaries of the object, the viewer's experience becomes more dynamic and descriptive.
Bound by Periphery is a metaphor for the mind through various states of being contained and containing. A container holds a screen, holding a sequence of video frames, playing over time. While screens can hold an endless amount of data, this object is restrained to the frame of the video. The video frame only allows us to experience what is in view, limiting our field of vision, but upon exploration of the periphery, the focus becomes clearer and transforms. By placing emphasis on the physical presence of the body on the edge of the object, the viewer is offered an incentive to explore, to relieve themselves of tunnel vision, to soften focus, increase awareness, observe, and play.
As a part of the 2015 Summer Fellowship Pilot Program of the Enable Community Foundation, Digital Fabrication and Design Graduate Candidate, Caitlin Driver, conducted research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Digital Craft Research Lab into 3D-Printed adaptive devices. Driver designed an adaptive device that enables 10-year Karuna Levie to hold and play a trumpet. Karuna was born without fingers on his left hand. The prototype device was designed for Karuna’s Bach model TR300 trumpet. The design files for the trumpet adaptive device are available to anyone for download and 3D printing as a result of Driver’s research. Through the Enable Community’s online Google+ community, the boy’s mother, Teresa Levie, was connected with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor, Frankie Flood, who served as Driver’s advisor on this project. Driver’s research was conducted at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Digital Craft Research Lab at the Peck School of the Arts where professor Flood conducts research. The research conducted by Driver was funded in part from a $600,000 Google.org grant, Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, awarded to the Enable Community Foundation to further advance the Enable community's innovative work on 3D-printed open-source prosthetics and adaptive devices. More details about this project, including photos, can be found at Driver’s blog, and the 3D files for the Adaptive Trumpet Device can be downloaded at the following 3D file sharing sites: Thingiverse or YouMagine
Press release excerpt was written by Professor Flood