Nintendo Home Movies (2003)
“Nintendo Home Movies” consists of a reprogrammed Super Mario Brothers Cartridge which has been reverse engineered to display a panorama photograph over the course of a half hour. This slow journey is accompanied by a composition by technical and musical collaborator Paul Davis. Arcangel programs the video and burns this data to a computer chips, hacks a Super Mario Brothers game by removing its chip, and then replaces with the modified chip to make his work to be playable on a Nintendo game system.
Emergency Bot (2003)
A composition written for one LEMUR instrument and GuitarBot. The artist explores the full range of LEMUR’s capabilities as a digitally controlled physical machine that connects the timing and precision of the computer with the variability of real vibrating things and fusing the exquisite, inhuman timing of independent lines to the raw harmonic assault of power chords.
“Hea” is a sound installation that documents a 24-hour cycle of sound in the forest, and the Yanomami concept of Hea – the Shaman’s ability to perceive meaning in specific sounds. For example, a woodpecker’s sound might signify that a woman would become pregnant with her second child. Another sound tells the shaman that a fruit is ripe, or that the dry season will end. Viewers are invited to listen to these sounds in the dark exhibition space.
The Shooting Gallery (2003)
An interactive installation involving a flat screen monitor and a rifle input module. The rifle is aimed at a large flat screen monitor which has images of a winter landscape alternating with a desert landscape of similar appearance. The landscapes are covered with moving figures; participants must shoot them to change the course of events. When the gun is not activated, figures align themselves and briefly form symbolic shapes such as a cross, a crescent moon, or the star of David.
“METROSOUND” is a system providing various sounds at each individual turnstile station. As people go through different turnstiles at Times Square, their movement trigger a series of sounds and create a musical composition: a Steve Reich like frantic minimal sequence during the rush hours, or a Morton Feldmanesque melancholic slow sustains during off peak hours. Taketo Shimada is a new media artist engaging experimental, boundary-stretching projects.
GuitarBotana features the GuitarBot, a mechanical guitar robot created by Eric Singer. It performs along with a chamber group, featuring its musical ability to interact with a human violinist via the interactive computer music system MAX/ MSP. Using both acoustic and computer performance practice, Mari Kimura pushes the boundaries of the violin, playing her own works as well as featuring numerous composers’ works.
The Ya Hoo Symphony (2003)
The original motivation behind the “Ya Hoo Symphony” is Zoroaster, the first monotheist prophet. Kushan considers that Zoroaster must have been a musician or possessed ample knowledge of music in his time. The “Ya Hoo Symphony” reveals the possibility to travel back in time through the use of music in order to learn more about this pioneering prophet and his environment.