Yesterday I wrote an article about the fantastic game Machinarium. Tomáš Dvořák, otherwise known as Floex composed the games equally fantastic soundtrack. The Prague-based composer has been involved with a number of other cool projects, and has recently been signed to Denovali Records out of Germany. We’ll post his solo work soon enough, but for now we had to post this awesome interactive installation he collaborated on called Archifon I and II.
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Archifon is an audiovisual instrument that uses lasers to trigger sound that has been visually projected onto a wall. Dvořák developed the idea with visual artist Dan Gregor (Initi) and programmer Jakub Konicek. There have been two Archifons, Archifon I was done in the Baroque Olomouc de-baptized chapel, Archifon II at Eglise Protestante in Belgium. Up to 10 users can simultaneously interact with Archifon. Pointing your laser at a sculpture of an angel will release heavenly vocals, pointing it at windows triggers light, glassy tones.
The Archifon encourages creativity through participation and collaboration through art. In a[easyazon-link asin=”0262516705″ locale=”us”]synesthetic[/easyazon-link] beauty it blends art mediums and uses them to amplify one another. Isn’t it wonderful that we have technology that enables this? Installations like this have only been around for a few years and already artists are finding new, creative ways to use the technology for new projects. We live in a time of unparalleled artistic potential and that potential will only continue to grow. Do you have any technology-driven (or just plain cool) art that you see Serious Wonder covering? Send it over to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’re always looking. In the meantime, check out another cool projection by Dan Gregor’s group The Macula:
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