The haptic theater of cruelty
interactive multimedia installation (2006)
The Haptic Theater of Cruelty was a collaborative group of six artists, who made an installation piece involving large-scale sculpture construction, as well as the design and construction of the Dream Arbitrator: a large, interactive bed housed in a black tent, which uses pressure sensors in the bed to trigger different sounds and projected video images in relation to the movement of people on the bed. My primary role in the group was in construction of the Dream Arbitrator, building its structure, and wiring the many force sensing resistors in the bed, as well as collecting images and sounds to be used in the playback, which was processed and controlled using the Max/MSP/Jitter programming language. I also served as producer: working on the project budget and ordering and organizing the materials used.
Haptic members: Angela Veomett, Miranda Hill, Emily Fisher, Norm Adams, Jacob Richman
The Haptic Theater of Cruelty was funded by a generous grant from the University of Michigan GROCS (GRant Opportunities[CollaborativeSpaces]) group.
Video walk through of installation, University of Michigan (2006):