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embracInG adverSIty: bIofeedback devIceS for audIo-vISual therapeutIc StImulatIon Martin Velez USA

When life puts you in difficulty you can either run away from it, or embrace that obstacle and figure out how to take advantage by developing a creative method to benefit from it. Being born with a heart condition, I have always been exposed to biofeedback devices and it always intrigued me the sound and visuals that were created through these devices using my body as source for their input.

This is particularly helpful for people with physical disabilities because they can use their vital signs to generate and control audio-visual content. This tutorial will teach attendees the technique of meditation, while wearing biofeedback devices to control an interactive audio-visual piece.

ecoloGy and eco-art: Seed Sculpture lab Adam Zaretsky and Kira Decoudres USA

The Ecology and Ecoart: Seed Bombing lab was run by VASTAL in collaboration with FoAM member Theun Karelse. FoAM is an international “cultural laboratory reimagining possible futures at the interstices of art, science, nature and everyday life.”1 Theun was invited by VASTAL to give a lecture and collaborate on the ecoart laboratory, held in the Theatrum Anatomicum, de Waag, Amsterdam and the Farmer’s Market of Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, May 23, 2009. Accompanying VASTAL-ULS lectures were presented a few days later by Boo Chapple, Andy Gracie and Brandon Ballengée, Theatrum Anatomicum, de Waag, Amsterdam, May 26, 2009. A VASTAL-ULS video interview was conducted with Kathy High about her project Embracing Animal, Theatrum Anatomicum, de Waag, Amsterdam, May 26, 2009.

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As part of my academic research, I started to incorporate my own physical condition into the creative process of art making. In that process I discovered techniques that allow us to control our vital signs, particularly meditation. Meditation is the practice of self-awareness and has effects in how we engage with our daily situations. Its practice can help people build strongest connections with their mind and body which can be used to create generative sound and visuals that is fed back into the person creating a feedback loop.

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Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

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