Se Mi Sei Vicino (If you are close to me)
Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo - second prize
The interactive performance 'Se Mi Sei Vicino' is a practical research into the possibility of using the Body as Interface. The main point of departure was the idea to measure human encounters, with the participants realizing that the boundaries of the self extend beyond their skins. A core element of the work is a sensor floor on which a performer is standing, functioning as a human antenna; when coming close to or being touched by members of the audience, the body movements are registered as electromagnetic activity. Surrounding the floor are large projections showing real-time algorithmic organisms connected to audio compositions, which change form according to fluctuations in the electromagnetic field. The relative distance between the bodies determines what is to be seen and heard.