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This event is part of Dorset Place

Exhibition Preview: Friday 4 March 2022, 5 – 7pm, drop-in
Open Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5pm and Saturdays 2 – 5pm
Third Thursdays Brighton late opening Thursday 17 March, 12 – 7pm
Free admission, all welcome

‘ICU’ is an immersive interactive sound installation made from a networked collection of interactive devices and custom software, which renders data from the faces of the audience and their movements.

Five speakers and two projectors surround the visitor with sound, light and images. A giant projection of abstract data towers over the visitor. An interactive scenario is projected on two screens, which flank a camera that reads the visitor’s facial expressions. The left screen encourages the visitor to move, while sharing their emotion. The right screen projects the data extracted from the visitor and reveals associated images and classifications.

At the same time, the data harvested by the AI facial recognition system are sonified to reveal the hidden processes at work. These sounds are diffused around the visitor: five speakers at ear-level create the data sonifications and emit an array of digital crackles and arpeggiated granular melodies.

The system exposes the classifications that allow this machine to understand what it sees. Sound is used to reveal these secretive processes and to create an experiential reflection of the workings of this technology.

A/B Smith (aka Boblete – UK) is a music producer, hacker, coder, educator, data scientist, VJ, DJ and immersive experience artist operating in a space that weaves spatial sound, technology, politics and electronic club culture into art. With a background in computer science and education his current work investigates the politics of AI and the possibilities of sound as a catalyst for revelation. He has released music under various guises from the found-sound audio collage contained in the recording of ‘The Average Man’, to the underground club sounds released on various imprints between the late 90’s to the present. His previous artistic output includes an impossible musical score for The Imagination released on Matthew Herbert’s Accidental editions, to an interactive ‘Sonic Pong’ installation on the massive 4DSound system at Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, during the ADE Festival in Amsterdam.


Part of Sound Art Festival 2022 by Sound Art Brighton.

This is project #11 of Dorset Place x 11 collaborations – a new series of projects and work responding to the university as a site for experimentation and learning. Admission is free and open to all.

Dorset Place is Brighton CCA’s project space and hosts a series of short projects and exhibitions by emerging artists, organisations, curators and students. With a fast changing programme, the space is an exciting platform for experimentation, collaboration and engagement with new ideas and voices. Dorset Place allows us to be responsive, initiating and supporting projects which stand alone or connect to our wider programme. The space is offered free of charge with curatorial, marketing and limited technical support.

6 Dorset Place
Brighton BN2 1ST

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