AUDREY MA

1.0 Gesture-Tracking Glove (Royal College of Art "WIP Show")

Exhibition
I use gestures to investigate the idea above: It is a visual, physical embodiment of thought. My last project captures a person’s unconscious gestures with a glove, and translates these movements into a drawing. A strand of thought takes form of a gesture, then a line. It becomes drawing without drawing.

I look at thinking inhabited in gestures, postures and emotions. I use interactive devices, tactile sensation and experience to find common ground and understanding of relationships between people, objects and the environment. Material investigation becomes important in my works to explore the “total sensorium of consciousness”. The prefix “Inter-”becomes an important word in my practice, used as “between”, such as “interface”, which means a plane of communication forming the common boundary between two parts of matter and space.
Material Investigation
Arduino, Flex Sensors
I used a LilyPad Arduino, connected to flex sensors to calculate the speed, angle and direction the person's finger makes.
How It Works
Synthetic neurons are best applied as sensors, and a biological interface between us and the plant kingdom. They are uniquely capable of being biocompatible, biodegradable, self-repairing and adaptable. Our grove of futuristic plants include pollutant-sensing sea sponges to detect xenobiotic particles, UV-radiation detecting algae, and a communications interface that translate plant turgor movement, subsonic vibrations and plant hydraulics into an understandable visual language. In our exhibition, we’ll include physical prototypes of these species, visuals of how they work, and a narrative following illustrated “what ifs” of a world where plants and neurons become hybrid.