We use our senses rather than our muscles in order to interact with the daily life. This, of course, stands in close relationship with the developments in technology and the implementation of the same into something we could call our “nature”. By calling it nature I am aiming at the unconcious presence of the device and with it the technological advances. Looking at the Action Potential Curve of a heartbeat for example we can see the difference between action and rest (normalisation). This concept is reoccuring in trends, history, fashion, economic markets… you name it. With the technological advances’ it seems to be similar. We could say that we (the device and us) are becoming somewhat “normalised”. Where it was surreal to have a telephone outside of your house not more than 30 years ago, the device is a part of us now. It feels natural to us.
The interaction with the device evolved whenever there was a new sense introduced to the User experience. Where it started with the transmission of sound (logically – as sound is the sense, that carries emotions the most understandable) the evolution of the experience of comunication throve when first the visual and finally (until this day) the tactile sense where introduced.
So lets build something that is polysensory. Let’s start by playing with the concepts of sound and time. Let us give the machine an influence on the sound that is being created within a situation. A clear indication of machine presence using displacement in time and repitition to start with.
Yes, something like that feels right. The machine is so present that any information is being lost. It just becomes too much to perceive at once too fast.
In this test situation I used both – a simple programmed sampler (build with cycling ’74 – max msp) and vibrations given to a soundreactive sorface (using vibrationmotors as used in modern telephones programmed with arduino). The exploration of the influence of analogue and digital on each other within the situation is aying at the foundation of the experiment.
Being a first Prototype of a thought, the situation is not really satisfying yet, so back to the drawing board…