Whispering Columns

interactive media lighting led architecture

Interactive Light Installation | 2014 ­ Gallipoli, IT
Exhibition/Presentation: EMYS ­ Laboratorio Liberalarte
Support/Grants: SAC ­ Salento di Mare e di Pietre, Fondazione con il Sud

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Whispering Columns is a media intervention realized in a medieval cloister, belonged to the Dominican monks. Through voices and sounds that refer to past ages, the columns create a connection between the religious past and the present as a cultural center, of the place that houses them. The columns without audience, quietly pulsate between different shades of white, while the approach of the public generates pattern of colors depending on the position and the number of people around the column. Furthermore each column works as a web server that allows the access to multimedia contents through mobile devices: this interaction generates light and sound feedback.

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Sense Shifting


Sense Shifting is an interdisciplinary interactive art experiment, between participatory art, natural interface design and perception. The aim is to investigate non-conventional channels for non-verbal communication. The interaction between two people is mediate by an interactive machine, an Emotiorama, which its physical appearance is a little zen garden. The sand surface captures the hands movement generating a real-time synthesis of a sound of warm summer wind. While the black stones work as biosensor leads that record variations in skin conductance in both participants and directly related to their arousal state. Then the machine transforms such bio-data in sounds and lights feedback.

What is an Emotiorama?

An emotiorama is an interactive artifact for sensory augmentation, which permit to display in real-time emotions-related biosignals through lights and sound.

Scientific Background

Empathy is the process of understanding and responding to the inferred feelings and emotions of others. Display publicly biosignals that people produce during their interactions can transform the experience of a social situation.

The Sandbox Interface

It is an advanced tangible interface made up with natural elements. The sand surface captures the sound of the movements. The black stones work as biosensor leads.

Augmented Interaction

The emotiorama can be used as interactive installation for two people to explore and to play with empathic augmented interactions or as solo experience aimed at enhancing body awareness.

Emotions and Biosignals

People communicate their emotions in order to be understood. Emotions lead physiological changes, emotional stimulus can be an event, a gesture or a particular tone of voice.

The Art Experiment

It is an interdisciplinary experiment between participatory art, interface design, cognitive sciences. With the purpose to explore new forms of collaborative experiences.

Interactive Performance Installation | 2014 ­ Barcelona, Valencia, Brussels, EU
Exhibition/Presentation: exhibition curated by Black Cube Collective (BCC) and hosted by FoAM (Brussels)
Support/Grants: ICT ART Connect, Sigma Orionis, Mediaestruch, Sabadell City Hall

THÆTA – Shadow of Aikia

interactive media dance performance with sensors

theta2THÆTA is the third performance of StratoFyzika’s Shadows Trilogy. With new collaborations in sound and interactivity (sensors building, coding), the concept still steeped in the subconscious realms and dealing with the ego: the dark and light shadow aspects of self (as in the first two parts of the trilogy) but also on the edge of the conscious, waking self; visions on the edge of sleep, whispy light shadows, multi-dimensional geometric objects, sudden sound as if from the halls of a mind in a dream state.
This liminal zone is a state referred to as Hypnogogia.

THÆTA embodies this borderland state.

All merge onto the stage, interactively; body dynamics, auditory sensations and visuals function as the culmination of parts into one constellation in live performance.

Hen Lovely Bird / creative direction, movement writer /
Alessandra Leone / creative direction, visual content / alessandraleone.com
Davic Nod / sound project / davicnod.com
Thomas Van Ta / creative code / thomasvanta.es
Giovanni-Marco Zaccaria / wearable sensors design & development / madinteraction.com
Jeanette Bruneau Rossow / costume design / treches.com
Juan Cristobal Ribes / sound mastering / balanceaudiomastering.com
Xperimental Sound Lab / audio contributors / thalamuslab.com/xsl/

Video footage: Dario-Jacopo Laganà norte.it


Interactive Audiovisual Performances / Collaboration: wearable sensors design and development | 2013/2014 ­ Berlin


Exhibition/Presentation: Month of Performance Berlin, PLATOON KUNSTHALLE Support/Grants: Crowdfunding, Mediaestruch, Sabadell City Hall

Photos#1 by ​Paul Holdsworth & Daniela del Pomar ​­ Pics#2­3 by ​Dario­Jacopo Laganà


kaleidospheres exhibition athens onassis madinteraction koumaria
Kaleidospheres is an interactive art installation created in Greece during the Koumaria’s artistic residency.
In Kaleidospheres unconventional geometries and sound synthesis for a digital theremin were explored. It was built with custom electronic circuits, an arduino board and sound processing in PureData.
The antennas in the installation were two spheres of metal wire, in which it was possible to insert the hands and by which control both the LED lights and the sounds generated in real time.

Urban Spirits

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Urban Spirits is a game to promote eco­friendly, creative and aggregative behavior in the context of an urban neighborhood. The game makes innovative use of Smart City sensors and urban spaces, particularly interactive street furnitures and digital facades. Individual users can interact through both smartphones and physical interaction with urban furnitures. In addition, Urban Spirits receives through environmental sensors the actual situation of urban district and using the data received, it dynamically changes the game environment.


The story and the game itself are based on the metaphor of the “Urban Spirits”. The purpose of the game is to tame the little spirits through the interaction with the urban surrounding. Each interaction is a little challenge­exercise aimed to fortify the participants sense of social community involvement, creativity and conscious eco­logic behaviours.


– Explore new hybrid forms of interaction and mediation between real and virtual spaces and communities, physical and digital interfaces, multimedia content and direct participation. Everything with the use and enrichment of existing urban fabric.
– Promote creative behaviors in urban environments exploring new forms of street art, augmented architecture and ways of fruition of artistic contents.
– Create new connections and modalities of participation and socialization among the residents of an urban neighborhood.
Raise awareness on urban pollution and promote sustainable behavior to limit it.

Solid Interfaces and Urban Games: Digital Games in the Public Spaces was a production workshop for the creation of video games related to public space and the city as an interface.

Interactive Media Facade Game | 2013 ­ Madrid, ES

Exhibition/Presentation: Medialab Prado Support/Grants: El Matadero, Medialab Prado

Shadows of aiKia

interactive media dance performance with sensors

This movement-based interactive audiovisual performance, “Shadows of aiKia” is a project following the previous performance II aiKia II, presented live at Platoon Kunsthalle on 18 August 2012. II aiKia II was conceptually inspired by the process of individuation, described by Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology.
Conceptually, this most recent incarnation is based on a deeper analysis which focuses on the “shadow aspects” of our egos; parts of our personality which remain unconscious, which we are not aware of, with our tendency to reject or ignore these negative aspects. There are necessary steps to uncovering dark shadows by paying attention to processes of negative aspects of our minds mirrored by other people. This is called projection. Once we see clearly, like in a mirror that life sets in front of us, why certain things are making us angry, disturbing us or stirring our emotions, we need to understand it and embrace it as equal parts of our individualities. This new approach allows us to comprehend a positive side of denying those “wrong” parts, taking new perspectives, for example that we could achieve certain goals due to our fight against them. There is also a “white” shadow as positive aspect we admire. It might inspire us to behave like our idols, therefore if we accept this positive shadow, we might achieve similar aims as of our heroes.

The goal is to find our true self in repeating self-actualization; we face the history of ourselves in a continuous link to our unconscious past which repeats, ultimately setting a pattern which creates our future.


For this performance art piece we design an environment where the stage performers are not bound to static expressions of sound and visuals. We are working with behavior-based approaches in reaction with interactive software settings for sound and visuals. These approaches and technologies affect the environment; adjusting the situations of appearance of shadows, their recognition as mirror effect and projections, their acceptance in the complex of the personality, change of the position of ego towards those elements. We want to achieve an emotional and physical sensation for the audience where the sound and visuals are in interaction with the dancer embodying the space we will create. This will be done with original visual and audio content, software and hardware interaction. This dynamic interactivity engages both the stage performers and audience to a deeper level of interest and identification.
Another possible interpretation Shadows of aiKia is research and examination of the relationship in between body and its biological existence and system of elements, light and sound, both vibrations in the space existing in due to time line. What is the relationship between human consciousness, space where it’s placed and its perception of time. We reproduce a metaphorical creation of the relativity of those dimensions, according to theory of special relativity, testing the limits of speed and trying to win over the equation defining energy and mass.

The visual and audio elements will be connected with the dancer’s heart beats, body heat and sweat, which will be the consequences of mind and body reactions onto the audiovisual environment. The dance and movement will focus on duality and the juxtaposition of one’s ego of light and/or dark shadow in the space defined by and in relationship to the visuals and sound.

The space and time, light and sound will become other shadows of the person in the labyrinth of its existence.

Duration: 30´´
Premiere presentation: 19:30 and 21:30, 29. May 2013, Month of Performance, Berlin

Shadows of aiKia will première as part of Month of Performance Berlin on 29.05 at UferStudios

Pictures from the première show by Dario-Jacopo Laganà (www.norte.it)