2017 Exhibition

DLECTRICITY™ took place during September 22 & 23, 2017, in Midtown Detroit and showcased 36 artists from Detroit and around the world from the DIA to MOCAD.

architectural space intervention

29. architectural space intervention

LOCATION:  Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The interactive audiovisual installation architectural space intervention invites the audience to get in touch with the space. Architectural elements are highlighted by projecting a reconstruction of the real space consisting of white lines.

Visitors entering the space get tracked by infrared depth cameras. The bodies are transformed into contours projected as white lines together with the architecture.

Tracking data from the depth camera is used to generate midi values. Users can trigger sounds by merging their contours with the virtual architecture. The movement of the user and its relation to certain architectural features gets translated into sounds.

The augmented environment itself reacts on audio input. Sounds captured by a microphone are added as noise to the architectural line structure.

Human interaction creates a feedback loop between visuals and audio, bringing the virtual representation of the space to life.

The installation can be extended to an augmented audiovisual dance performance. Dancers explore the possibilities of being part of the projection and interacting with the architecture.

Artist Information

mayer + empl

mayer + empl

Multimedia art duo Martin Mayer and Quirin Empl specialize in interior and exterior 3D video mapping - an art form that uses the architecture, shape and conditions of rooms to project moving images, light or graphics on abstract surfaces, and thus creating an entirely new atmospheric space.

Space is commonly not perceived, but defined by and reduced to its functions. This is true in daily life and the arts, where spaces serve as a container for the reception, display and storage of objects.

Media installations by mayer+empl aim to refocus common perception by tracking the architectural elements of a space and reconstructing them virtually. Resulting geometric structures are then mapped onto the real architecture via video projection. This interaction grants spaces new life, as they are further characterized by human interactions.

Sounds and noises generated by users are captured by a microphone, transforming virtual interpretations of rooms and highlighting their fragility. Real time sensor data ensures non-repetitive permutations of distortions to these reconstructions.

Space is thus simultaneously reconstructed and deconstructed by light and sound as a living organism sensitive to stimulus.

Recent exhibitions include:
2016     dv_HdK, Museum Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, DE
2016     LVSS, Spring Attitude Festival 2016, MAXXI, Rome, Italy, IT
2016     B-S, B-Seite Festival 2016, Mannheim, Germany, DE
2015    fimg, Girona International Mapping Festival, Girona, Spain, ES
2015    hff, DOK.fest/DOK.forum, Munich, Germany, DE
2015    BCL, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich, Germany, DE
2014    ru, Circle of Light Festival, Moskow, Russia, RU
2014    LSFI, Lichtstrom Festival, Ingolstadt, Germany, DE
2014    LPM14, LAB-1, Eindhoven, Netherlands, NL
2014    BYOB, BYOB Prague, Podnik, Prague, Czech Republic, CZ
2014    KffH, Blaue Nacht Nürnberg 2014, Nuremberg, Germany, DE
2013     KRK, p a t c h: audio_visual_lab, Krakow, Poland, PL
2013     gstg, BASSart 2013, Gasteig, Munich, Germany, DE
2012     nyc, 139th Street, New York City, United States, US
2012     sh, Kunstnacht Passau 2012, Passau, Germany, DE
2012     IST, VJ Fest Istanbul 2012, Istanbul, Turkey, TR
2011     HZ, Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich, Germany, DE
2011     TS 23, OPEN ART 2011, Munich, Germany, DE
2011     pm_we, WEEK END Club, Berlin, Germany, DE
2011     VS, Ricochet #5, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, DE
2011     AG, AkademieGalerie, Munich, Germany, DE
2010     on3, on3-Festival 2010, BR-Funkhaus, Munich, Germany, DE