A RESPONSIVE TOPOGRAPHY
PROGRAMMING MAX MSP PROJECT by ^^^^ Kristen Gillette ^^^^
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Sound Relief is an interactive sound and video installation that generates large scale, responsive topographies for participants to physically navigate and alter. As people contribute noise to the installation space, they can affect and control different attributes of the generated landscapes, including elevation, location, depth, detail and distortion.
The geographies described in these relief maps are both fantastic and possible. They convey multiple levels of information and visual data via their cartographic language and the image mosaic system used to create them. Because each relief map is constructed of hundreds of smaller image blocks that are actually different physical elements of glaciers, the viewer is presented with the opportunity to simultaneously explore micro and macro visuals, concepts and ideas.
Sound Relief focuses on glacial landscapes because of their status as a highly critical geography. These actual spaces - especially those that are in "retreat" - are sites of multiple meanings, cause and effect and worldwide impact in regards to global climate change, yet are far out of reach for most people. Sound Relief offers viewers a chance to experience these sites from dual frameworks and to meditate on different levels of human intervention, destruction, disruption and restoration.