Speaker: Christopher Janney, PhenomenArts, Inc.
Time: Wednesday, October 14, 6-8 pm
Location: USC’s Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC)
Room 201 Zemeckis Media Lab (ZML)
Title: “Architecture of the Air: From Urban Musical Instruments to Physical Music”
Trained as an architect and a jazz musician, Christopher Janney has combined these two disciplines in a number of projects. Sometimes he has tried to make architecture more like music as in his “Urban Musical Instruments” series. These include a number of large-scale interactive sound/light installations. Projects completed include “Harmonic Runway”, a 200 ft. long interactive light/sound corridor in the Miami International Airport; “Chromatic Oasis”, a 30 ft. diameter colored glass and steel mobile, at the Sacramento International Airport; “Touch My Building, an interactive light/sound piece for the entire facade of a new nine-story Bank of America building in Charlotte, NC; “Rainbow Cove,” two nine-story colored glass pedestrian towers at Logan International Airport; “Whistle Grove: The National Steamboat Monument”, a 2500 square foot interactive light, sound, steam environment on the banks of the Ohio River; and “Turn Up the Heat” a 30-ft. diameter interactive scoreboard for the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. At other times, Janney has tried to make music more like architecture- more physical, more visual. Projects in this vein include his “HeartBeat,” a dance/performance piece where the performer wears a modified heartbeat monitor and moves to the sounds of his/her own heartbeat while other musicians perform in counterpoint.
Backchannel log of the presentation after the jump:
Seminar Master › Welcome to Seminar! – October 14th, 2009
14/10/2009 17:27:04 ‹dread› IMD Forum for 10/14/09: Christopher Janney
14/10/2009 18:12:17 ‹dread› http://cavs.mit.edu/
14/10/2009 18:13:03 ‹dread› CAVS founder : Gyorgy Kepes
14/10/2009 18:13:25 ‹dread› http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%C3%B6rgy_Kepes
14/10/2009 18:16:35 ‹KylaG› I’m all for anything that brings a little weirdness into an otherwise “normal” space.
14/10/2009 18:17:04 ‹Bill› I love seeing the variety in people’s reactions on the subway platform.
14/10/2009 18:17:16 ‹dread› http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/113/event/869490
14/10/2009 18:21:28 ‹ndef› @Bill Go check out Sonic Forest during the day… you get the same thing. Lots of people walking by with different reactions to it.
14/10/2009 18:22:12 ‹Bill› will do! Want to mosey over after seminar?
14/10/2009 18:23:05 ‹Little› is the one in the NYC subway still there? I don’t remember seeing that ever and I used that station often.
14/10/2009 18:24:08 ‹dread› has been fun to see the various approaches to the forest : on skateboards, bikes, even a little facilties truck doing a few drivebys to touch the poles..
14/10/2009 18:31:26 ‹ndef› He’s brought this concept of a riddle “unlocking” a special display to a couple different projects. It seems like a clever way to create engagement.
14/10/2009 18:33:23 ‹Bill› http://www.bonnaroo.com/
14/10/2009 18:34:53 ‹Bill› I like the “hand” labels, in terms of usability.
14/10/2009 18:35:29 ‹ndef› Yeah, I had the same comment. They’re great. You can see people come up and immediately know how to interact with them.
14/10/2009 18:44:31 ‹dread› http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurythmy
14/10/2009 18:49:51 ‹dread› http://web.mit.edu/arts/about/news/extra/1998/0413_janney_baryshnikov.html
14/10/2009 18:59:34 ‹ndef› Architecture jokes!!!
14/10/2009 19:07:26 ‹MAnnetta› http://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Air-Environments-Christopher-Janney/dp/0978814304
14/10/2009 19:07:55 ‹ndef› Avant-garde musical jokes!!!
14/10/2009 19:30:41 ‹Little› http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw
14/10/2009 19:34:16 ‹MAnnetta› This forest goes to 11.
14/10/2009 19:37:24 ‹KylaG› Oh snap.
14/10/2009 19:39:00 ‹MAnnetta› oh, references to Spinal Tap are compliments of the highest order in my mind.
14/10/2009 19:45:38 ‹notbatman› strongly agree with this thing about layers
14/10/2009 20:16:10 ‹dread› END