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BEHAVIOURISTIC INSTRUMENTS: Sensing kit

Behaviouristic Instruments: We wish to transform people; physical, mental and emotional, into instruments that can be played by another individual, be it lover, mother or stranger. We dream of an orchestra of people, each instrument paired with a musician who has carefully learnt to play them.

'We Play Bodies' is a toolkit for performative audio generation. In this project we imagined our bodies as instruments. Those can be played by sensing vibrations and different states like moisture and arousal – every body sounds different. The project is about to transform people; physical, mental and emotional, into instruments that can be played by another individual, be it lover, mother or stranger.
Our devices were developed through improvisation and experimentation with a group of performative artists from different disciplines. This group navigated us towards the most demonstrative devises; those which aesthetically communicated and technologically delivered a kind of abstract and musical language. They also lead us to develop another group of objects to be used by the musicians to prompt their instruments into certain emotional states, much like working theatrical props. We designed the behaviouristic instruments to be theatrical, to communicate their roles as instruments and to openly admit their technological workings.

The short film Test Cycle 21 originated from this project and deals with self-test situation.

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