ZKM GLOBALE: The body as interface through interference

ZKM GLOBALE: Performing Sound, Playing Technology symposium

The body as interface through interference: Wireless Information Retrieval in the Hertzian Field

Category: Lecture/Talk

Date: 06.02.201607.02.2016

Talk description:
Apart from distributing our data, wireless communication has a side effect: it conveys physical information about space and the bodies within it. In this talk, Stelios Manousakis will present a new technology he developed for device-free sensing of presence and movement using WiFi waves and bodily interference for his Hertzian Field series. The technology, inspired by wireless localization, radio tomography, and radars, uses techniques adapted from Music Information Retrieval to analyze and utilize wireless signals in meaningful ways. Stelios will talk about the technology, system and context, and how his artistic trajectory led him to this discovery, while touching on the subjects of live electronics performance and embodiment, interfaces, interactivity, mapping, spatialization, feedback and cybernetics.

Symposium description:
“Performing Sound, Playing Technology. A Festival on Contemporary Musical Instruments and Interfaces” provides insights into the development of innovative instruments and interfaces in the field of electronic music. Stelios Manousakis is


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Hertzian Field #2 page:

Hertzian Field #2

An augmented reality immersive performance “We do not think right away of the distances that separate objects from one another. For space is never empty: it always embodies a meaning. […]


Hertzian Field #1 page:

Hertzian Field #1

Hertzian Field #1 is an immersive augmented reality environment that exposes the raw materiality of the WiFi communication medium, exploring its physical interaction with our spaces and our bodies through sound.