Sound of Vision explores the dynamics of audience perception as biofeedback from viewers is used to create a live soundtrack for silent films. Using EEG monitors on three audience members Andrew Demirjian translates their brainwave data to musical notes played by orchestral instruments. He performs a live mapping and mix creating solo, duet and trio combinations of their visual reception. Live musicians improvise to the sounds of the brainwaves creating a call and response between the visual, sonic and psyche. The piece experiments with the traditional film conventions by combining fiction visuals with non-fiction audio while inserting the role of audience reception to the viewing/listening experience.
About the artist
Andrew Demirjian is an interdisciplinary artist who creates alternative relationships between image, sound and text that challenge contemporary media conventions. He uses computer programming, surveillance, data gathering and motion tracking to twist perceptual relationships between the senses. The pieces take the form of interactive installations, generative poems, audiovisual performance and single channel videos.
His work has been exhibited at The Museum of the Moving Image, Eyebeam, Rush Arts, the White Box gallery, The Newark Museum and many institutions internationally. The MacDowell Colony, Puffin Foundation, Artslink, Harvestworks and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts are among some of the organizations that have supported his work. Andrew teaches theory and production courses in emerging media in the Film and Media Department at Hunter College in New York City.
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