Conductor
Conductor
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Conductor

2015
Become the conductor of a celestial symphony as the planets align.
Become the conductor of a celestial symphony as the planets align.
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Conductor is highly interactive and allows the participant to take on the role of an invisible but omnipotent celestial force manipulating the orbits of the planets with a variety of gestures. As the planets align, the feedback comes in the form of a dynamic soundtrack which grows ever more complex as the player's gestures become more pronounced.

The use of sound in both Conductor which is inherent to the very structure of the artworks, has become a central compositional tool in the artist's practice alongside the use of touch, movement and sight. Ultimately Harris seeks to create a totally immersive sensory experience for the viewers that engages the both physically and emotionally.

"There is a tension in Harris work where on the one hand, some of the pieces work as slick technological tools, gamifying the artwork and using strategies inherent to the language of video games (such as the hidden “easter eggs” in Harris latest piece Conductor (2015) and on the other hand the technology dissolves leaving nothing but a window to another world. A term originally derived from programming, easter eggs are secret in-jokes or extras activated with specific key presses or via fulfilling certain conditions. Conductor is highly interactive and allows the participant to take on the role of an invisible but omnipotent celestial force manipulating the orbits of the planets with a variety of gestures. As the planets align, the feedback comes in the form of a dynamic soundtrack which grows ever more complex as the player’s gestures become more extravagant encouraging performativity and the desire to experiment. The interface, activated by gestures of the body recalls not only technologies adapted from gaming systems such as the Kinect or the Eye Toy, but also suggests earlier interactive ‘god sims’ popular in the 1990s (such as Populous from designer Peter Molyneux) as well as looking forward to next generation Virtual Reality systems such as the Oculus Rift."

Extract from essay by Sunny Cheung

Year:

2015

Edition:

Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs

Materials:

Code, electronics, computer, 4K touch display, 3D sensor, speakers, audio, metal

Details:

Dominic Harris collaborated with his long term musical collaborators Kristian Gilroy and Dougal Drummond (both of Cinimod Studio) in creating this artwork. The musical scores within "Conductor" are not released elsewhere.

Dimensions in MM:

65 inch version with visible sensor above:
860 (W) x 1595 (H) x 203 (D) mm

86 inch version with visible sensor above:
1170 (W) x 2110 (H) x 17.3 (D) mm

Dimensions in INCHES:

65 inch version with visible sensor above:
33.8 (W) x 62.8 (H) x 8 (D) inches

86 inch version with visible sensor above:
46.1 (W) x 83.1 (H) x 6.9 (D) inches