Very Nervous System

An empty space controlled by a camera is mapped onto the computer in a way that every 'pixel' of the space corresponds to a sound. It is an invisible, room-size ambient interface with which users can make music from thin air, as their body movements are translated into a soundscape. Very Nervous System is an environment where the boundaries between real and virtual disappear.

"Part of the desire that drove me to produce Very Nervous System was a desire to slip out of my own self-consciousness into direct, open experience of the world. In the right circumstances, the feedback loop of Very Nervous System effectively neutralizes consciousness, and can occasionally lead to states that could best be described as shamanistic. It can be intoxicating and addictive."

Petro Canada Media Arts Award (1988); Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art (1991); financially assisted by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.