Audiovisual artwork for rehabilitation

Published: Monday 20th October 2014

RESONANCE, an interactive audiovisual artwork for rehabilitation, developed jointly by researchers at RMIT, ACU, and Griffith University will feature at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

The RESONANCE table is an interactive audiovisual artwork conceived by artist and designer Dr Jonathan Duckworth and developed as part of an ARC Linkage/Synapse research project at the CiART lab, RMIT University in collaboration with Professor Peter Wilson (ACU), Griffith University and the Epworth Hospital.

Dr Duckworth is working with Dr James Hullick to customise the RESONANCE table for the Amplified Elephants – musicians with intellectual disabilities - as part of a music performance at the Melbourne Festival, titled ‘These Compulsive Behaviours: RE:EVOLUTION’.

RE:EVOLUTION will use sound, prerecorded text, video and real-time graphics as a mechanism for exploring the place of intellectual disability in the context of the science of evolution.  RESONANCE has been specially adapted to play sounds composed by the Amplified Elephants and James Hullick. This event takes the work of the research team out of the clinic and into the community arts and performance space.

The large tabletop display will take centre stage, providing a medium for the Amplified Elephant musicians to construct sound and visual landscapes by manipulating physical objects and vivid computer graphics. The digital artwork promotes collaborative and cooperative modes of interaction between the performers standing face-to-face around the display as they build complex sounds individually and collectively. The movement and manipulation of objects, touch and gesture on the display generates sonic perturbations, pulsing visual lines and glowing fragmented geometries projected on the table and around the stage. The artwork creates a space for intimacy and moments of playful resonance between the performers as they strive to find aesthetic equilibrium and balance within the composition.

About the research collaboration and CiART
The Arts-Science collaboration has been ongoing for 10 years, with Resonance its most recent focus, supported by both OZCO and the ARC. Dr Duckworth (RMIT) and Professor Peter H. Wilson (a psychologist from Australian Catholic University) have led this initiative, working with neuropsychologist Professor David Shum and Professor Patrick Thomas from Griffith University to develop RESONANCE: A digital media artwork for cooperative group interaction in the rehabilitation of acquired brain injury. CiART (Creative interventions, Art and Rehabilitative Technology) is a research lab directed by Dr Jonathan Duckworth, a Vice Chancellors Research Fellow at the School of Media and Communication, and the DRI, RMIT University.  The lab consolidates research in interactive media art, games, design, and digital technology toward developing applications in allied health and science related disciplines for societal benefit and impact.
Resonance is supported by a Synapse Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant through the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its Arts funding and advisory body.

Event details
Melbourne International Arts Festival
These Compulsive Behaviours – Part 4 RE:EVOLUTION
Footscray Community Arts Centre, Friday 24 October at 7.30pm