Powersoft’s DEVA enhances immersive artwork
WORLD: Marking one of the first outings in the ‘real-world’, Powersoft’s automated DEVA devices were used to support an interactive installation at the first Diffrazioni Multimedia Festival at the Bardini Museum in Firenze, Italy.
The event was sponsored by the Department of Music and New Technologies of the Conservatory of Florence ‘Luigi Cherubini’, in partnership with the University of Chester and New York University, and was managed by composer Alfonso Belfiore with performances by international artists such as Bill Viola, Pietro Grossi, Jeremy Turner, Apparati Effimeri and Audiotopie, alongside an interactive exhibit.
Conceived as a metaphor for life, Mr Belfiore’s key installation SPAWN make the game, utilised DEVA equipment scattered throughout the park, simultaneously reinforcing music and taking pictures whilst communicating with each other. The units are capable of audio messaging and video capture, and are equipped with a presence detector, twilight switch, temperature, humidity and pressure sensors, and LED accessory lights.
A total of six solar powered DEVAs were placed in the museum garden, detecting the movement of visitors, taking a picture sequence of them, and at the same time distributing audio messages. The units then sent images to a computer via Wi-Fi, and through an algorithm in MAX MSP, were recombined into movie sequences.
‘The name of the multimedia installation, Spawn, is taken from video games language and is used when a character or an object makes its first appearance,’ explained Mr Belfiore, ‘as in a video game, the appearance of a new character is the event that opens up new possibilities and opportunities. Thus, for the visitor, the discovery of their image within the work is the acknowledgment of the inevitable participation of one's being to history and life, while the transfigured vision of its image fully reveals new aspects of their identity.’
The DEVA units were therefore central to the role of immersing the audience with the artwork itself.