Benoit Maubrey (France/US)
Ballet dresses incorporating microphones and speakers transform the sounds they
collect from the surroundings into rhythmic movements to interact with the audience as well as the lights and shadows around.
Benoit Maubrey is a specialist in sound technology. In this exhibition, dancers will wear the Audio Tutus Maubrey produced to
perform his Audio Ballerinas. This device collects sounds and digitalizes them to respond to the dancers' movements.
Additionally, the electronic waves the dancers radiate will be affected by their relative positions and movements.
Along with corresponding lighting, dancers carrying the audio device are able to perform their wonderful steps in
an open space for the public instead of on a solemn stage reserved for a small audience.
Paul DeMarinis (US)
Paul DeMarinis' Rain Dance was awarded Honorary Mention at the 2001 Ars Electronica and his Messenger
was awarded Golden Nica at the 2006 Ars Electronica. As a Golden Nica winner, DeMarinis has become one of
the most noticed artists all over the world. Rain Dance controls water jets with sound waves beyond the range of
the human ear. When water jets hit an umbrella, the sounds are reflected on the umbrella that serves as a speaker.
Holding an umbrella under the water jets, the audience can feel the rhymes and vibrations orchestrated by water jets and electronic music.
《Animaris Percipiere Primus》
Theo Jansen (The Netherlands)
Theo Jansen gives technology life through simulating biological kinetics with computers and dissolves the alienation between nature and technology.
The creatures created technologically possess the senses and movements similar to animals, and when they stop moving, they are beautiful sculptures
that reflect the aesthetic Jansen embraces. With tubes as joints, these creatures can walk as well. Jansen's recent work includes Beach Animals that can be
motivated by the winds in an expansive field. Their lives, thereby, are given by nature instead of by technology.