On March 15th, I drove to Pittsburgh for the 52nd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. I had the great pleasure to collaborate with ceramists Andrew Casto and Evan D'Orazio, as well as Engineering Professor Stephen Baek.

We collaborated for the exhibition What We Made Sounds Like This, which presented ceramic pieces with live sonification.

Exhibition in Pittsburgh during the NCECA 2018 conference

Andrew Casto's Assemblage 158

From my notebook

A core idea was to generate sounds from the negative space of the pieces. To this end, we inhabited the empty space around the 3D scanned pieces with 27 balls, which bounced around or inside the objects. The distance and position of each ball drove in real time a sound synthesis engine.

The three engines in Ceramix: physics simulation, visualization, and sound synthesis

Behind the scenes: live parameters in Max

We took part to a panel presentation on March 16th: that was a great occasion to meet other artists, and we enjoyed the audience questions, which will likely lead to other creations & collaborations!


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