A multi-sensory installation by Chris Salter (US/QC-CA) and TeZ (IT/NL)
Direction/Composition: Chris Salter + TeZ in collaboration with Ian Hattwick (US/CA)
Clothing Designed by JNBY China
Technical Development: Input Devices and Music Interaction lab (IDMIL), McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Technical Supervision: Marcelo Wanderley
Technical Implementation: Ivan Franco, Julian Neri, Alex Nieva, Patrick Ignoto and Louis Fournier
Production Manager/Technical Direction (Bandung): Alexandre Saunier
Management: Remco Schuurbiers – DISK Agency, Berlin
Original Production: xmodal/Montreal + CAC (Chronus Art Centre), Shanghai
With the support of the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Sociéte et Culture
Haptic Field stretches our senses beyond the body’s boundaries. This participatory installation creates a mind-bending experience for the audience - one that merges wearable technology, contemporary fashion, and an exploration of our senses beyond sight. Originally commissioned by the Chronus Art Centre (CAC) in Shanghai, China, Haptic Field is an extraordinary multi-sensory participatory installation in which touch, vision and sound merge into an overwhelming immersive bodily experience. Up to 11 visitors at a time become part of a bold sensory experiment. First, you put on jackets and jumpsuits designed by the leading Chinese global fashion brand JNBY which integrate wireless sensing and vibrating actuators as well as a pair of goggles that obscure vision. With the ability to visually navigate and make sense of the world removed, you enter into a hallucinatory, dreamlike environment where nothing is what it seems. Feeling like „being on the moon,“ or „underwater,“ your senses begin to blur together. Surrounded by others who feel your presence but cannot see you, you are only guided by enigmatic patterns of vibration that travel around our bodies as well as vague, shifting glimmers of light. Your sight is blurred as you find yourself in a swirling melting pot of different sensory experiences, in which your customary reliance on vision retreats into the background.
Haptic Field creates a space for experiencing and reflecting on tactile perception, one of our least explored senses. We thus experience a disturbing and at the same time uncanny, strange and sensual event which goes beyond the limits of our body
Chris Salter is an artist, Concordia University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses, Co-Director of the Hexagram Network for Research-Creation in Media Art, Design, Digital Culture and Technology, Director of Hexagram Concordia and Associate Professor, Computation Arts in the Department of Design and Computation Art at Concordia University, Montreal. He collaborated with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe/Frankfurt Ballet in the 1990s. Salter’s work has been shown at major international exhibitions and festivals in over a dozen countries including the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice), National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Musée d’Art Contemporain (Montreal), Lille 3000 (Lille), Chronus Art Centre (CAC) (Shanghai), Fondarie Darling (International Biennale of Electronic Arts – Montreal), HAU3 (Berlin), EMPAC (New York), Laboral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industriel (Gijon, Spain), Nuit Blanche (Paris), Vitra Design Museum (Germany), EXIT Festival (Maison des Arts, Creteil-Paris), Ars Electronica (Linz), Pact Zollverein (Essen, Germany), CTM (Berlin), Villette Numerique (Paris), Todays Art (the Hague), Todays Art.jp (Tokyo), Meta.Morf (Norway), Mois Multi (Quebec), Transmediale (Berlin), Place des Arts (Montréal), Elektra (Montréal), the Banff Center (Banff), V2 (Rotterdam) and Dance Theater Workshop (New York), among others.
Salter is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, has given over 100 invited talks at universities and festivals worldwide and has sat on many juries including the Prix Ars Electronica, among others. In addition to his artistic work, Salter’s critical research can be found in his seminal book Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010) and Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015).
TeZ Maurizio Martinucci (aka TeZ) is an Italian interdisciplinary artist and independent researcher, living and working in Amsterdam, who has collaborated with, amongst others, Adi Newton, Scanner, Kim Cascone, Saverio Evangelista, Taylor Deupree, Sonia Cillari, Chris Salter, Honor Harger, Luca Spagnoletti and Domenico Sciajno. In 1990 he attended the school for Computer Music Programmers in Rome with many of Italy's best known specialists in sound and art technologies. He participated in workshops at the "Centro di Sonologia Computazionale" of the University of Padova, and at the "Tempo Reale" institute in Florence directed by Luciano Berio. Since the late eighties TeZ has been composing electronic and experimental music and has released records with various projects (M.S.B., DoseZero, Nukleus, Clock DVA). TeZ uses technology as a means to explore perceptual effects and the relationship between sound, light and space. He focuses primarily on generative compositions with spatialized sound for live performances and installations. In his works he adopts custom developed software and hardware, featuring original techniques of sonification and visualization to investigate and magnify subtle vibrational phenomena. In recent years his research has extended to the creation of specific architectural structures and unconventional sound and light propagation methods to enhance immersivity and multisensory perception. TeZ’s works have been shown at prestigious art venues and festivals such as: Ars Electronica and Lentos Kunstmuseum (Linz/AT), Dali’s Museum (St Peterburg/USA), Biennale of Digital Art (Montreal/ CA), Roma Europa Festival, NIMK (Amsterdam, NL), Transmediale (Berlin/DE), Wood Street Galleries (Pittsburgh/USA), _V2 (Rotterdam/NL), Le Cube (Paris/FR) among many others. TeZ is also the brainfather of the ‘Optofonica’ Lab for Synesthetic Art-Science, located in Amsterdam.