Aesthetics in sight-to-sound technology and artwork

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of Contemporary Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications




Mustard, J. (2003). Aesthetics in sight-to-sound technology and artwork. In Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC)


In the course of research that explores simple one-to-one correlations of movement in space to aspects of sound using interactive video sensing technology I was asked the question "Why would you want to do that?". This paper examines answers that flow from my own research, the work of other practitioners in the field and their differences and similarities. The works cited are limited to those that display characteristics such as motion-sensing, motion to sound mapping or sight and sound interactivity. The trends show a tendency for artwork to reflect the organisational principals behind the architecture of the technology itself and a recognition of the way tn. which technology plays a part in how we perceive the world in general. The work that was investigated also tended to draw attention to the corporeal and the human either in opposition or juxtaposition to technology's perceived emphasis on the virtual.

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