Haptic Voices will give VibraFusionLab an opportunity to explore taking the technology it has been developing into hybrid online and real space venues. This will greatly expand our reach, accessibility and lead to new artistic and technological advances.
For this project we are working with partners Centre, InterAccess and Tangled Arts + Disability where we will place multichannel vibrating walls. Visitors to the project will be able to stand against the walls in these locations.
The vibrations in the walls will be controlled by online participants. who will be encouraged to chant, hum, and vocalize into the microphones on their computers and this sound will be played through the vibrotactile transducers on the walls. Online participants will also be able to control the position of the vibrations and have them move around through the channels. We will experiment to find the best interface or way to control the position/channel of the vibration. This could be done either through intensity, frequency components of the voice or through an interface controlled by the participants' mouse.
VibraFusionLab has not previously engaged with an online audience and this project will give us an opportunity to do so.