This research project is focused on creating and exploring an immersive environment in which spatial gestures manifest across sense modalities. The design focus is on creating a spatial array that traverses sound, haptics and lighting, allowing Van Nort to compose time-varying multi-sensory pieces that are used in research-creation experiments in cross-modal perception, which focus on feelings of gestural “sensory substitution” and emergent structure that can manifest across the senses in differing performative contexts — notably the Deep Listening Entanglements project, the Doug Van Nort Electro-Acoustic Orchestra and telematic performance settings. The project includes novel approaches to spatial control of ambisonic sound and virtual acoustics, custom interactive lightboxes and a large, high density haptic floor that supports experiments focused on full-bodied listening (e.g. with soles of feet).
Dispersive Spatial-Haptic Floor
Dispersive Spatial-Interactive Lighting System
dispersion.spat: Spatial Sound and Virtual Acoustics for blended co-present/telematic performance