DRHA conference, Dartington Hall
08/09/2006 - 10/09/2006
The word made flesh again, an interactive installation
Members of the public are encouraged to construct a non verbal dialogue with my virtual self
This ongoing research project aims to explore digital-human relationships at the edge of Language.
VINST is a unique vocal instrument, part human part virtual: an extraordinary fusion of human body and digital technology responding to touch but also to mood and sensibility.
(1 ) VINST vocabulary is based on vowels used as pure tones combined with consonants as percussive and rythmic interventions, the natural sounds of emotions (laughing, crying, sighing,….) and sensations ( pain, pleasure…) and a few phonemes which are unique to VINST. Around 50 different sounds
(2 ) VINST has a virtual sex organ which is neither male or female but a distortion of both, a uniball hanging from the pelvis down to the knees and the sonic location for various degrees of pleasure.
(3) Via VINST one may release and share emotions and sensations thus transforming them into (non) melodic sound works. (according to one’s musical abilities taste and sensibilities).
VINST has been the vehicle for many fruitful collaborations and dialogues with artists, writers, musicians, academics and audiences, around issues of communication and translation across languages and borders in an increasingly global and virtual world.
The interactive installation and the accompanying performance lecture Birth of Vinst and sonic improvisation a duo with VINST have been show at a number of venues across Europe, including Cuny centre in New York 2009, Centro de Historia in Zaragoza, Spain 2008 – Theatre museum in London and DRHA conference in Dartington Hall in Septembre 2006 – Lagerhaus Neufelden in Austria in May 2006 – MINDPLAY conference at Metropolitan University in January 06 – LSO St Luke’s festival in July 2005 – EXPO 966 in Scarborough and INPORT International Video-Performance Art Festival in Tallin / Estonia in June 2005.
Programmed in Max MSP and Jitter by Sebastian Lexer
with financial support from Arts Council London and UCCA research Fund
A unique vocal instrument, part human part virtual – a body without organs – responding to touch but also to mood and sensibility. It consists of my body image displaying points of sonic sensitivity. The sounds are pre- or non- linguistic, and are based on how the body reacts to touch and how it produces sound. I personally derive as much pleasure playing (with) my virtual self as from watching others doing so.