Intermodulation

Laewoo Kang, Steve Jackson, Phoebe Sengers 2015 ~ 2017
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** Official website: http://cornellhci.org/intermodulation/
** Read its research paper: Intermodulation: Improvisation and Collaborative Art Practice for HCI Inquiry [pdf]
** Featuring Artists: The Electric Golem, Min Keun Park, Powerdove



'Provoking Design' paper session at CHI2018

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Intermodulation is an art-research project that explores improvisational activity as both topic and tool of multidisciplinary HCI inquiry. Building on theories of improvisation drawn from art, music, HCI and social science, and two ethnographic studies based on interviews, participant observation and collaborative art practice, we seek to elucidate the improvisational nature of practice in both art and ordinary action, including human-computer interaction. For the collaborative art work, we have collaborated with three groups of musician (The Electric Golem, Min Park, Powerdove) to produce diverse audio-visual concerts in NY, US since 2015. The experience of these participations has been deliberately captured and studied through a general auto-ethnography approach with an extensive process of documentation and reflection, captured through a rich combination of cameras, video, audio recording, and field notes.

From this integrated study, we argue for improvisation as (a) a form of active learning that fosters emerging creativity through tension between structure and freedom, and (b) a holistic and complex socio-material practice that transcends and transforms the experience and capabilities of individual creative actors. We identify five key features of collaborative improvisational practice - reflexivity, tension, transgression, listening and interdependence - and explain their relevance to other linear and open-ended methods in HCI and design research. Finally, we explain how a process of intermodulation can be one way to explore multidisciplinary creativity and knowledge for HCI design.

Awards
- Best of CHI - Honourable Mention Award, 2018

Performances
'Inter-modulator' in Powerdove's concerts, Ithaca and Brooklyn (Nov 2016 - ongoing)
'echo' & 'Breaking AndyWall' in The Electric Golem's concert, Ithaca, NY (Dec 2015 - Jan 2016)

Intermodulation II (2016-2018)
In the series of Intermodulation II, I mainly worked with Annie Lewandowski (http://annielewandowski.com/) and her band. For this collaboration I have developed two interactive system 'soundBug' and 'Intermodulator' that respond to the volume and frequency of live music. This collaborative work has been shown in various spaces around Brooklyn and Ithaca, NY.


Brooklyn, Aug 2017


Ithaca, Feb 2017


Ithaca, Nov 2016

Intermodulation I (2015)
In the series of Intermodulation I, I worked with The Electric Golem and Min Keun Park, and I have developed two interactive art works - Breaking AndyWall (audio version), and echo() I, which are responding to the volume and frequency of the input sound.