POLIFONIA presents 'Data Wanderings'

The sensory journey “Data Wanderings” is a new project of Polifonia. The art installation will open on Friday, Oct. 13, in Bologna, Italy and you can visit it until the 28th of the month.

12 October 2023

The sensory journey “Data Wanderings” is a new project of Polifonia. The art installation will open on Friday, Oct. 13, in Bologna, Italy and you can visit it until the 28th of the month.

‘Data Wanderings’ is a synaesthetic installation that challenges the boundaries between art and technology by transforming the rawness of data into a memorable sensorial journey. The audiovisual installation was conceived with the aim of making the user experience a physical simulation of virtual interaction with the mass of data coming from the knowledge graph of the “Polifonia” project.
Data Wanderings invites viewers to embark on a journey through the intricate labyrinth of data, to discover the secret melodies of numbers, and to embrace the creative and informative potential that lies within them.

The Choco database of Polifonia collects data on chords extracted from a series of songs. All song chords are listed in time sequence in a table, converted into a series of notes and their sound frequencies.

In the interactive installation, the eight frequencies of each chord are translated directly into pixels and they create eight mixed patterns to obtain the final “visual noise” patterns.
The frequencies also produce a generative soundtrack through FM synthesis to create a crazy digital Orchestrion.

The sphere floating in the center of the screen acts as an interface with visitors and it is generated using the album and singles’ covers from which the chord data was derived. People’s movements are detected with a camera, analyzed and used to influence images and sound by controlling a low-pass filter.

Credits
Art Direction: Umanesimo Artificiale
Concept: Filippo Rosati, Alex Piacentini
Data Analysis: Alex Piacentini, Andrea Poltronieri, Jacopo de Berardinis
Creative Coding: Alex Piacentini
Sound Design: Alex Piacentini
edited by: Federica Patti
a POLIFONIA project

Details about the Art Installation
Dates: from the 13th to 28th of October 2023
Opening: 13 October 2023, 6pm
Location: Sala della Musica in Salaborsa – 2nd floor, Piazza del Nettuno, 3, 40124 Bologna
Opening hours: Mon: 2pm – 8pm // Tue-Fri: 10am – 8pm // Sat: 10am-7pm // Sun: closed.

About the artists
Umanesimo Artificiale is a cultural association that works with exponential technologies in the artistic field and operates worldwide from Fano, Italy, with a network of European partners.
Umanesimo Artificiale was born with the aim of investigating what it means to be human in the era of artificial intelligence.
It promotes creative-computational thinking through the channel of digital and performing arts, raising awareness of a fertile relationship between human beings, artists* and new technologies. Visit their website for more information about them.
Here, you can read their interview about ‘Data Wanderings’.

Alex Piacentini is a visual artist, graphic designer and web developer. He uses the web and other digital media as multidimensional materials in which space, time, data and interactivity merge, creating intersections between generative design, data visualization, interfaces, sound and images.

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