Spatial Sound

NUE (2015)

Lisa Park, Salvador Breed, Stijn van Beek

NUE [누에: Silkworm in Korean] is an installation and real-time sound performance generated by an artist’s brainwave data. The inspiration of the work came from a silkworm’s life cycle and its metamorphosis. Lisa Park uses 150 meters of white dress and the draped fabric transforms the physical space of 4DSOUND (a 12m x20m x5m sound system structure) into her own world - weaving an intricate web of passages, pockets and walls. Confined within the web, the audience interacts with her as she moves in the space, through whispering, looking, and touching.

The custom-built mobile application receives brainwave data - Concentration, Mellow, Alpha, Beta, Delta, Theta and Gamma - from an EEG headset via Bluetooth and sends OSC messages with the data to the 4DSOUND software. Driven by the artist’s brainwave data, a soundscape unfolds that encompasses the audience in its unraveling of the structure of the extended draped fabric of the dress. Based on the artist’s current state during NUE, the sonic textures either melts together or fall apart depending on whether she is focused, distracted, or meditative.

The sound design of the piece is developed by Salvador Breed and Stijn Van Beek.

NUE was premiered in Hague, The Netherlands as part of 4DSOUND: Circadian during TodaysArt Festival 2015.