Fiber-Optic Ocean is a virtual reality experience that generates procedural music and light from live data. Fiber-Optic Ocean portrays the struggle of human beings to survive in the age of corporations via the metaphor of sharks in an ocean invaded by technology and interprets what happens when technology invades the world’s oceans.
2019, 28 July- 1 August, Siggraph Art Gallery SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Fiber Optic Ocean in VR
You are the Ocean
This interactive installation allows participants to control a digitally simulated ocean using only their brainwaves. Calm seas and storms alike are powered by the viewer’s thoughts; the sheer act of concentration can conjure a squall or sunshine. Participants intentionally control their thinking while surrounded by the magnified consequence of their thoughts.
A participant wears an EEG (electroencephalography) headset that measures her approximate attention and meditation levels via brainwaves. Attention level affects storminess: with higher concentration, the waves get higher and the clouds thicken. By calming her mind, the subject can create a calm ocean.
2019, 25 June, UCSD gallery@CalIT2, Ecologies of Transformation, San Diego
2018, 29-30 December Plexus Projects, Art Gallery, New York.
2018, 11 Dec – 1 Feb, Work in Progress Group Exhibition,Ann Arbor Art Center
2018, 8-9 September, BrainMind Summit, Stanford University
2018, 12-16 August, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery,Vancouver, Canada
2018, July 3 - August 12, FILE (Electronic Language International), SESI Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2018, June 8-24, Currents New Media, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
You are the Ocean
Fiber Optic Ocean
Fiber Optic Ocean is a data driven interactive installation that composes music. This installation creates unique musical scores dependent on live data. Fiber Optic Ocean conveys the consequences of technology's invasion of oceans.
The piece procedurally composes music made with trombone and choral voices generated by live data coming from the live sharks and human use of internet. The group of fiber optic cables going through the sharks blink at a rate based on speed of live sharks tracked with GPS data. Fiber optic threads composing the ocean blink based on the speed of the internet, symbolized with the number of tweets per second.
Human beings’ selfish invasion of nature expands to the depth of oceans. Underwater surveillance cameras are revealing that sharks are drawn to fiber optic cables and biting down on them. One theory is that the magnetic field around the fiber optic cables is stimulating the receptors in sharks’ mouths and luring them to perceive the cables as prey.
The current struggle between sharks and technology corporations is a pristine symbol of the ongoing conflict between nature and culture. The two sides clash nose to nose on a thin fiber optic line.
Interactive Art Installation by Ozge Samanci, 2016
Data Visualization, Sound Design, Coding: Adam Snyder 3D Modeling, 3D Printing: Michael Villa Shark Bones Research Resource: The Field Museum, Caleb McMahan Documentation Video: Deborah Libby
Fiber Optic Ocean
You can't Unblink
An interactive installation by Ozge Samanci, 2019.
This piece was created during artist residency at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and Squire Foundation.
Blink Detection Code: Blacki Migliozzi
Each time participants blink their eyes, droplets of water fall on dry ice and the system releases carbon dioxide.
Nothing lasts. Life on earth will vanish eventually. All we can do is to live our time on this planet meaningfully.
In our fast-paced-capitalistic system, in every breath, in every heartbeat, in every blink we leave a carbon footprint. Increasing temperatures cause the expansion of water and the rise of sea levels. Glaciers are melting. Ocean acidification is increasing. Shells and bones of marine organisms are dissolving.
We have heard so many times that since the industrial revolution our carbon dioxide creation has increased. We have become immune to this statement. This installation slows time and magnifies the impact of our smallest actions on carbon dioxide release. My aim is to enable visitors to feel their individual and collective impact through an action-based metaphor.
Even though we are concerned, we continue to use the systems and services, transatlantic flights, online shopping, server spaces, meat-based diets, and so on. Core change happens with policy change. Our individual sadness without political action forms an ocean of tears around the glaciers, still speeding the release of carbon dioxide and triggering catastrophic consequences. Feelings that lead to actions create change.
You Can't Unblink
The human body could be compared to a clock. Heartbeat, blinking, and breathing, the rhythmic functions of the autonomic nervous system, mark the passage of time. Sneaky Time is an interactive art installation using a quartz clock display and blink detection input. Sneaky Time reminds the participant of the passage of time and its connection to the human body. The quartz clock ticks when the participant blinks her eyes. In addition, Sneaky Time points out the relativity of time. When a clock is watched time seems to progress slowly. When we do not pay attention time sneaks by us. If a participant closes her eyes, the clock ticks ten times faster. The clock’s ticking sound is amplified so that the participant can perceive the response even though her eyes are closed.
Plink Blink, an interactive art installation, allows three participants to make collaborative music by blinking their eyes.
GPS Comics: Seeing thru Walls is a GPS based comics story that expands the comic canvas and explores the idea of location-based comics. In Seeing thru Walls, in order to receive the meaning in a comic frame the player must experience a sensory detail (a smell, sound, breeze or an object) in her surroundings in the physical world.
GPS Comics: Seeing thru Walls
Embodied Comics is a computer vision based full-body interactive storytelling environment. The participants, regardless of their gender, play out the story of the female egg in the reproductive system. Each participant, by collaborating with the audience or acting as a rival to them, tries to reach the fertilization site and select the best profile among the sperm that are rushing to the egg.
Embodied Comics: Eggs Journey
Relative Friend is an interactive sculpture built with wall clocks and pendulum clocks. The clocks are arranged in a life size human form. If a visitor approaches to Relative Friend, all clocks respond by turning faster. This piece explores meaning making possibilities through procedural manipulation of distance and the relativity of time in communication process.
On the Air
On the Air is a full-body interactive installation that uses sensor data and animations. Most commonly, physically passive viewers watch an animation or a live action movie on a screen. However, On the Air uses the viewer’s distance to the installation as part of the content creation.
The installation includes a proximity sensor attached to an old radio, a pocket projector, an Arduino board, and a computer. Animated musicians are projected onto the wall walking toward and into the radio. If a visitor approaches the radio, the animated musicians speed up and run quickly into the radio and the music begins. The visitor is able to see the animated musicians walking calmly into the radio from approximately 20 feet away. As the viewer approaches the installation the animated musicians speed up and the viewer can only catch a glimpse of the musicians.
On the Air
Personal Storm is an interactive installation that portrays a large picture frame mounted on a large LCD screen. The animated water waves on the screen respond to the distance of a viewer. If there is no one the waves are calm. As the visitor gets closer to the screen, waves get choppy. The piece reflects the unique relationship between an artwork and an audience member. The artwork becomes animated, gains meaning and life if there is a viewer to interpret the art piece.
Contribution to Murmur, Aimee Raydorowski's interactive kinetic sculptural installation. Grillwork allows a participant to activate 100 hundred small square fans through sound which will then stimulate hundreds of pieces of paper to create dramatic black and white