TRANSMUTATIONS by sonicSENSE at GAFFTA is a site-specific information ecology, consisting of a complex series of sound sculptures, machines, video projections and sensors. Two systems drive this project: user interaction and data visualizations. User interactivity produces a wide range of soundscapes, data projections and mechanical sounds that collect and distribute media into the exhibition space. Data content for TRANSMUTATIONS consists of, data parsed from auscultation libraries, audio from the California Library of Natural Sounds at the Oakland Museum of California, data collected from the UCSC Arts + Physics Lab and on-site data in the gallery space.
By taking data out of archives, pie charts and graphs and giving it a
physical form through sculptural, audio and visual means, we aim to
build a compelling experience synthesizing scientific research with new
media as a method of engaging community participation. We believe in theconcept of learning by doing, that material exploration is an importantpart of the understanding process and that explaining through tangible tools, where people can actually touch, explore and play with
information, is essential to collaborative communication and visual
TRANSMUTATIONS is the most recent iteration of the sonicSENSE
platform created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in collaboration
with Mechatronics graduate students in the Digital Art New Media program and the Arts + Physics Lab at the University of California Santa
Cruz. SonicSENSE created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in 2008, is an expandable and evolving site for art, culture, new technologies, digital media, collaboration, and participation. SonicSENSE uses the creative diversity of computational media and traditional visual art practices to cultivate space for sharing, questioning, and exploring
interdisciplinary frameworks, methodologies, and experiences. Each
exhibition of the platform is a new iteration consisting including artists, composers, scientists and programmers.
With support from UCSC Arts Research Institute, UC Institute on
Research in the Arts, California College of the Arts, The Oakland Museumof California, and UCSC OpenLab Network.