PARTICIPATORY / PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION
Mobispheres is an installation comprised of a group of six custom designed mobile, hand-held audio-visual instruments, as well as eight sound reactive light spheres.
The Mobispheres are small, battery operated, hand-held instruments for improvisation that produce light and sound. They are played solo, as well as incorporating audience participation. Aside from the simple electronic circuit that produces sound and light, the Mobisphere's have a small speaker that is filtered by the palm of the hand, creating vocal-like sounds.
Viewer/participants can improvise together and explore the sounds and lights of the spheres in a gallery environment around a "table" on the floor. The Mobispheres are quickly accessible, they light up and produce noisy tones controlled by knobs. They are also light sensitive via a photo-resister.
The intent of the artist with the Mobispheres installation is to engage the visitor with technology in a creative, playful manner, exploring momentary intersections of sound and light, as well as relationships with other visitors in the space. The participant is immersed in an improvisational realm, which serves to sensitize them to sound, light, movement and interaction. The site and objects emphasize to the importance of improvisation in creativity, listening and looking while making sound and light with others in a conversational model of interaction. One goal is that the participants will begin to think about media ecology and the preservation of communities in the moment-to-moment engagement with others, as well as how they are empowered to create their own shared improvisational performances.
The artist also performs with the Mobispheres.
Images courtesy Gallerie 3, 14, Bergen