Claudia Robles > Orientation November 2009

During the Orientation week I had a good opportunity to use the Software/Hardware developed at STEIM, and I was inspired by the whole experience to continue my research about the relationship between the human body and digital devices, how they can interact and communicate.

I am particularly interested in the use of bio-data in real time media.  Until know I have experimented with two kinds of body interfaces: an EMG (electromyogram) interface  and with an EEG (electroencephalogram) interface to obtain bio-data in order to create new forms of performance on the stage or new forms of relations between machine, body and space.

As a result of these two experiments, I created two performances using real time media (Max/MSP/Jitter): Seed/Tree and INsideOUT.

Following this research of interaction in between bio data and real time media (sound and video),  I would like to explore the body- temperature and the GSR (galvanic skin response) sensors to create a new form of relation between machine and body.

As a result of this research, I would like to create an installation where the visitor’s skin and body temperature, will be measured. The values received will be transmitted to a computer and will be used to create the sound and the images that will be projected, making the visitor create his/her own environment.

I’m currently looking for information and researching about …  and I hope that soon I will have a clearly idea about the instrument I would like to built.

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About Claudia Robles

Claudia Robles was born in Bogotá (Colombia). Currently, she lives in Cologne (Germany). She finished studies in Fine Arts in 1990 at the University J. T. Lozano in Bogotá (Colombia). She pursued postgraduate studies such as: Film Animation (1992-1993) at the CFP (Milan-Italy); MA in Visual Arts (1993-1995) at the École Supérieure d'Art Visuel (Geneva-Switzerland) and Sound Design and Electronic Composition at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen (Germany) from 2001 to 2003. In 2004 she won the second prize at the competition Hoeren und Sehen organized by the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe and the Institute fuer Neue Musik in Darmstadt (both in Germany) for her audiovisual composition Bewegung in Silber. She was artist in residence (2004-2006) at the ZKM. Her most relevant work presented there was the piece Seed/Tree (audiovisual Installation/Butoh performance with live-electronics). Her work is worldwide known, having participated in several group and solo exhibitions around the globe, for example at the Bauhaus-archiv Museum fuer Gestaltung in Berlin, Germany (2003); the European Capitals of Culture: Sibiu and Luxemburg (2007); Enter3 in Prague, Czech Republic (2007), the International Computer Music Conference ICMC in Copenhagen, Denmark (2007) and Montréal, Canada (2009). Her latest work, INsideOUT , an interactive performance using an EEG interface and real time media (MaxMsp/Jitter) was produced during a residence at the KHM (Cologne – Germany) and world premiered at the Festival Internacional de la Imagen in Manizales, Colombia in April 2009; It was also performed at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 in Yokohama (Japan).

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