Alchemy is an interactive audio video installation based on re-interpretations of mythology, palmistry and alchemy through electronics. Old palmistry diagrams are redesigned on etched copper plates as an interface to create unique sounds; the ancient symbols and mythology replaced with electrical schematic symbols and circuity. The video element is set up like a palm reading table, except here your reading is expressed through fields of color and pattern that is unique to each person.
The audio circuits are built with custom analog electronics based off of Ray Wilsons Weird Sound Generator and unique custom etched copper plates. When a person places their hand on it, they complete the circuit and generate different sounds according to their bodies physiology. The interactive video element is done entirely with a circuit bent video device wired to a Sega Genesis game cartridge and a custom etched interface. All electronics and copper plates were built by the artists. The copper plate etchings are all back lit and glow nicely in a dark space. There are no computers involved with this installation.
The Alchemy installation was installed at the Mason Gross Galleries, built in collaboration with Colin Challender.
This is a short video depicting the interactive audio element to Alchemy. Doug is generating audio when he touches the copper plates and completes the circuit. How he interacts with the circuit as well as his bodies physiology will change the audio response he gets.
This video shows the video portion of the installation.
Alchemy - Interactive Video from reid bingham on Vimeo.
This is a short demonstration of the interactive video element of the Alchemy installation. Doug is manipulating the video by interacting with the custom etched copper plates. The audio in the back ground is not effecting the video.