João Guimarães and Vasco Santos
Edigma Semibreve Scholar winner
What’s This? is an audiovisual installation of the data art type that explores the concepts of visualization and sonification of big data in real time, extrapolating Baudrillard’s ideas of simulation and simulacrum as mechanisms of control of the modern world. The simulacrum is real.
This installation consists of a data interface constructed on the Max/MSP software, which transforms real time data streams of financial and meteorological APIs into MIDI date (notes and control). These signals communicate through a virtual MIDI driver with a DAW(Reaper) which transforms the signals into audio through different sound synthesis and effects processing techniques, exploring the real time parameter control in these tools. The same data streams feed a visual interface which implements several successive interpretations of the streams (developed with the Max/Jitter software).