Sunday, May 29, 2016

Event 2: ANNE NIEMETZ, Lecture

Date: May 3rd, 2016

Anne Niemetz is a media artist and designer working in the fields of wearable technology, interactive installation, and audio-visual design. She is particularly fascinated by the convergence of art, science, design and technology, and she pursues collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects.
Using the human body as a blank canvas designers create works of wearable art. Starship Pirouette is a wearable technology costume created by designer Anne Niemetz. Starship Pirouette was inspired by UFOs and features lights on the top, side, and bottom of the garment. “The speed of the light movement on the side is influenced by an accelerometer and there is a light ring at the bottom which slowly pulses,” says Niemetz.

The dark side of the cell is an audio-visual event treating one of the most interesting recent discoveries in nano-biotechnology: cellular sounds. For a long time musicians have been inspired by microscopic life-forms and the fascinating structures of the smallest building blocks of the universe, but not until now have we been able to listen to the sound of living cells. Scientists at UCLA first made the discovery that yeast cells oscillate at the nanoscale in 2002. Amplifying this oscillation results in a sound that lies within the human audible range. These electrical signals can then be amplified and distributed by speakers. Manipulating the cell with chemicals will result in a change of oscillation. Isopropanol, for example, will change a “singing cell” into a “screaming cell”.

Drones are most commonly associated with unmanned attacks on civilians and the surveillance of populations. There is significant concern about the use of drone technologies for these often ethically questionable objectives. Annie’s newest project, Drone Sweet Drone, asks us to consider the ordinary and extraordinary ways that drones affect our everyday lives.

I would definitely recommend this event. The lecture shows that different elements of technology can be combined to create very impactful and thought-provoking art projects, which is very applicable to what we are learning in the class.

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