Video, Arduino, Custom Programming, Mixed Media Installation
Internal Worlds is an installation of abstract video projection and interactive components that shows how our sensing bodies shape our perception, and our selves. The pulse of the participant is detected through a biosensor and externalized as lights pulsing in time with their internal rhythm. The sound of a human heartbeat is played back at the cadence of different species, as additional lights synchronize to this new, unfamiliar tempo. These competing pulses affect the participant’s state of mind and bring a hyperawareness to their body, as they viscerally experience the biorhythm of another species, and feel pulled toward these alien rhythms through the process of entrainment.
Press and Exhibitions
- Handbook for Maximizing Cognitive Learning through Knowledge Visualization, Jonathan Lillie, editor Anna Ursyn, 2015, pages 422-423.
Jonathan Lillie, Twelve years of NMEDIAC: An Introduction to the Winter 2013-14 Issue.
In the current issue, we feature the MFA thesis work of artist Natalie McKeever. Her"Internal Worlds" project, which was exhibited (shown here) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, "is an installation of abstract video projection and interactive components that explores how our sensing bodies shape our perception, and our selves." McKeever's work is essentially an ontological study of humans' body-mediated perception of the world. In particular, it interrogates technology as extensions of our mediating bodies. Internal Worlds is reminiscent of a installation artwork from over a decade ago, the Listening Post, reviewed also in the current issue, which is still significant today for its technological achievement and conceptual insight.