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10Hz

Interactive Installation
Kenny Wong
2011
1.2m X 1.5m X 2.2m

10Hz_1s

Concept

Traveling past an avenue of trees on a bus ride, you can feel that sunlight is flickering on your face, projecting vivid colors even with your eyes closed.

I extend this daily experience into a deep exploration. In this project, 10Hz, where the device stimulates the viewer’s Alpha Brain Wave by both light and sound through the use of tuning forks. Illusionary vision and sound are unleashed in your brain. It also explores the artistic potentialities and the playfulness of Alpha Brain Wave beyond therapeutic purposes.

 

Documentation

Experience

10Hz is immersive machine that would bring you to an altered state. When the tuning forks surround your head, audience is invited to relax and let go, and let the light and sound frequencies to stimulate your brain. 10Hz is an analogue mechanical device that simulates audience physically. Under the immersive environment, the machine is gradually connected with your unconscious; which break down our separation between subject and object. The interactivity is the dialog between tuning forks and the brain.

 

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You are invited to close your eyes. By going up with the lifting chair, your head is being surrounded by a rotating platform with 30 tuning forks. In 10Hz, the flickering rate and binaural beats stimulate your Alpha Brain Wave.

 

10Hz_7s

 

Flickering Stimulated Vision:

Supernatural colors, patterns, moving geometrical shapes, scenes, and hallucinations

Rotating platform with 30 tuning forks, each with 2 prongs alternately blocking the spotlight to create flickering effects, similar to the experience we have on a bus ride with avenue of tree described above.

 

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Physical and Illusionary perceived sound:

Oscillating waves (Pulsation)

Tuning forks with 512Hz and 522Hz are put on the platform, triggered by the 4 hammers. Oscillating waves are heard instead of pure frequencies. When they are placed close to one another, interference beats of 10Hz physically occur. However, when the forks pass through your ears separately, binaural beats of 10Hz will be produced as an illusion created by your brain.

 

10Hz_6s

 

The combined experience is a illusionary experience by the unique design of the device. The lifting chair, the tuning forks become the unique factors of the stimulation.

 

Award

  • Gold Award of Interactive Media Category in the 16th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) Festival.

 

Exhibition

  • 2011 - Art East Island, Studio 52, Pure Art Foundation, Hong Kong
  • 2011 - the 16th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) Festival, Hong Kong Arts Center
  • 2011 - XII School of Creative Media Graduates’ Showcase 2011, Room 502, Fotan
  • 2011 - CityU Information Day 2011, Creative Media Centre, CityU

 

Presentations

  • 2011 – Speaker, Dorkbot-HK #3, Videotage
  • 2011 – Guest Speaker,  lecture of Installation Fundamentals, School of Creative Media, City University

 

Bibliography

 

Gallery

Dorkbot-HK #3, Videotage

 
CityU Information Day 2011, Creative Media Centre, CityU

 
 
Art East Island, Studio 52, Pure Art Foundation, Hong Kong

 
 
16th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) Festival, Hong Kong Arts Center

 
 
16th IFVA Festival Award Ceremony

 

Special Thanks

  • Wong Ching Fat
  • Hector Rodriguez