[-empyre-] 'deceleration'

aslemeur at free.fr aslemeur at free.fr
Mon Oct 31 23:29:25 EST 2011

Hi there,

Thank you very much for these discussion theme, so interesting to  
question with technologies ! Some of you may be interested in my  
interactive work Beyond-Ronde (Outre-ronde in french)

I would like to testify of the surprise I got watching people  
interacting with my early work-in-progress.
How can we have someone slow down through an interactive art work ?

In my work, the screen is cylindrical so that the image can move  
around the viewer. It appears, disappears and moves according to  
his/her behaviour and gaze direction (sensor on the head). My purpose  
is (mainly) to lead the vewer to a contemplative state while querying  
his/her desire of controling the image that is escaping his/her gaze,  
as long as they are moving 'too' fast.
I discovered that as long as the image is moving fast to avoid the  
viewer\'s gaze, the viewer is moving fast too. They can\'t stop moving  
and looking for watching. The viewer is really  
reacting/imitating/following the image position. Even if they see it  
is aimless (they hardly see the image).

I had to have several progressive phases. One where the image  
disappears without moving, one where the image appears and moves  
faster that the viewer, till he can\'t turn anymore. One featuring a  
slow tango between the image and the viewer. The last one, the  
contemplation one, without movement (but variations in the image).

I would be happy to get any comments or links to other similar works,


   claudia robles <post at claudearobles.de> a écrit :

> I am sorry I couldn't follow the discussion last week... now I am
> trying to catch up.
> just to give my last contribution about ''deceleration" .... not so
> much as scientific as the last so interesting mail from Akram, but
> something for the HERE and NOW.
> ... people ( we) are, for the most part of the time, running, doing
> things........ in our day-to-day life, we don't have really time to pay
> attention to the minimal things happening around us, we are not in a
> position to really perceive either our bodies nor our selves... we are
> immersed in a TO - DO life... we don't have time to observe, to
> perceive, to CONTEMPLATE ...
> as an artist, in my personal work, I try to capture unobserved   
> spaces, minimal noises that are not usually perceived in the daily   
> routine, I’m motivated by the subject: “how to perceive the   
> imperceptible”...
> .... there are so many many ways to slow down, to be aware... now.. I
> remember a very nice and simple technique I learned some years ago...
> something to use in our day-to-day life and to use inside the outside
> speed that surround us: just go outside and try to walk 50% slower as
> normal, then try slow down another 25%, and continue ... paying
> attention to all around us... in my personal opinion, we could even
> perceive our body cells' movement doing this....
> Deceleration ... to inmerse in the infinitely unperceptible...
> best wishes,
> Claudia
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