Science Gallery in Dublin: EyeLight Music


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EyeLight Music – Music and Dance Performance
Science Gallery LIGHTWAVE ’09
Dublin

WHEN: 7pm, Saturday 7th February 2009
WHERE: Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Dublin
COST: FREE (pre-booking essential)

EyeLight Music is a music and dance performance using groundbreaking Eyegaze technology to show the possibilities for movement vocabularies controlled by eyes. LIGHTWAVE: Defy The Darkness is a new event running at the Science Gallery from 23rd Jan – 20th Feb, highlighting experimentation with illumination within the Art-Sci domain.

EyeLight Music is part of the Science Gallery ‘LIGHTWAVE: Defy the Darkness’ event, highlighting experimentation with illumination within the Art-Sci domain.

Seven world-renowned musicians (Colm and Ronan O’Snodaigh, Dee Armstrong and Martin Brunsden of Kila, Robbie Perry of Dead can Dance, Juliet Turner, and Steve Cooney of the Sinead O¹Connor band) will perform live with James Brosnan and Katy Gilligan (two creative collaborators with severe Cerebral Palsy) who will take an equal part in this big music and dance jam. James and Katy will use their eyes to operate a musical system using four infrared red light sources to enable the computer to interpret eye movement as an interface to musical engagement.

Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Director of SMARTlab and Futurelab, and Bobby Byrne of Counterbalance Dance will perform with James and Katy to show the possibilities for movement vocabularies controlled by eyes.

This thirty minute show will include two original songs written with and for James and Katy, both of which will feature on the forthcoming album, Soshin, recorded by members of 5 (to be released in the Spring of 2009).

EyeLight Music will begin with a brief lecture/introduction by Professor Goodman and Dr. Mick Donegan, co-PIS of the InterFACES project, which aims to put a human face on technology for sustainable creative futures.

WORKSHOPS:

Audiences at the show will see how the Mytobii eyegaze system enables musical and movement-based interaction for people with severe physical disabilities. The installation will remain in the gallery for the duration of LIGHTWAVE ’09 with looping video streams of the performance for the exhibition month, and with weekly hands-on and eyes-on workshops with the Mytobii for people interested in learning more about this groundbreaking new light-based technology.

Workshop in March ’09 – Register at the Science Gallery (two people per session).


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