Exhibition Announcement; Transduction
Soil Media Suite:
Marc Fournel

Soil Digital Media Suite
Cache-Cachet Series

August 27th - September 24th, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 27th at 8:00 pm
Artist will be in attendance

1856 Scarth Street, Regina, Sask., Canada
Neutral Ground

Transduction is an immersive environment that makes use of small spherical electronic interfaces in an audio installation. Within the installation, the interfaces lie spread about here and there on the floor, awaiting interaction. By manipulating the spheres, users trigger the creation and the distribution of sounds. The characteristics of the sounds (frequency, tonality, and pitch) are modulated by the position of each sphere and by the spatial relationship between the interfaces.

Transduction uses the new local positioning system (LPS) prototype developed by Ubisense, (Cambridge, England). This LPS continuously transmits the spatial position (X,Y,Z) of each sphere. The system that integrates this LPS is also able to give a reading of the spin of each ball and it position relative to the other spheres.  The sound architecture is programmed with Pure Data. The work takes as its starting point the desire for physical and psychological transference, where actions are guided by a constant permutation of states into real or imagined spaces. Existing in a world where finding our references is an obligation, Transduction places itself in a state of constant instability.

For the last five years, Montréal-based artist, Marc Fournel, has developed new, interactive audio-video installations. His installations generally offer the possibility to create or generate video and audio content by analyzing the position and the movement in space.

The artist gratefully acknowledges funding support from La Fondation Daniel Langlois pour l'Art, la Science et la Technologie, le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, The Canada Council for the Arts, le CIAM, and the Media Arts Commissioning Program of the Canada Council for the Arts through Oboro. The artist would like to thank Christina Oltmann, Thomas-Ouellette Fredericks, Laure Ottman, Serge Provencher, Ubisense and Vitamin Bezeihungen.

Soil acknowledges funding support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Cultural Spaces Program & Arts Presentation Canada, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the City of Regina Arts Commission, Sask Lotteries Trust, and SMPIA.

Brenda Cleniuk, Director/Curator