Becoming Avalokitesvara

ClientKyuha Shim
Prize2nd Place in Multimedia / Interface Design
Entry Description

Becoming Avalokitesvara shows an experimental gestural interface under the gSpeak-environment, which was invented by Oblong. There are twenty infrared cameras on the ceiling that detect the user's gesture. In this work, a user can record and play the sound based on his or her location and behavior. I was mostly focused on building an interface that enables users to navigate in a real space and to store their voices there. Technically, It was built with processing, jellyspeaker library to receive data from gSpeak system.

About Designer

Kyuha Shim (Q) is a designer, researcher and PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the department of Information Experience Design. He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Digital+Media, and a BFA from Hongik University in Digital Media Design. Q worked as a design researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie (JVE) in Maastricht, Netherlands, with focus on rule-based design by use of computation. Prior to this, he was a research fellow / data visualisation specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in SENSEable City Laboratory, and was a faculty member at RISD. He has also worked at LUST (NL) and Vinyl (KR) studios. His projects have been selected for various international design awards and featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. Q works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design and technology, with particular interest in the language of systematic and playful patterns in design & computation. Central to his practice is the use of data as the primary medium in creating a complete, narrative system informed and driven by integrated processes of visualisation, fabrication and installation.