SignWaves was the first project in The Optics of Memory series. SignWaves is a set of interactive display stations developed with the assistance of electronic artist Chris Yewell that captures the gestures of onlookers, which in turn become looped material for the art. Their actions are repeated over and over in an ongoing feedback loop, creating patterns of infinite complexity. The gesture is not just a deconstruction of individual movements, but a representation of the sum of its parts - with themes and patterns emerging, potentialities that undulate through space and time.
The stations were sited in selected storefronts and lobby locations in Akron.
Check out this excellent write-up about SignWaves by Cycling'74
Debut installation of SignWaves on New Year's Eve, 2018 at The John S. Knight Foundation
Interview with Prof. Diane Davis and Chris Yewell, programmer
Optics of Memory from Ted Sikora on Vimeo.
The making of the SignWaves enclosure by Kent State School of Architecture students, led by Prof. Diane Davis.
Live Kasumi performance excerpt using SignWaves.
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