IICSI postdoc Teresa Connors at rOGUE Gallery
Patterns is one of a series of audiovisual installations by Teresa Connors that explores the environment of Newfoundland. Developed from field recordings captured off the East Coast, Patterns uses computer vision, sonification and improvisation to create this nonlinear work.
Constructed in Max 8, a “video fabric” is realized using six videos on simultaneous play routed onto a 10×10 grid. Video placement in the grid is governed by a series of transcoded files extracted from NFLD heritage knitting charts and environmental data-sets, which randomly change during the installation.
Using computer vision, sudden light variations on the video footage are coded to randomly trigger the sonics of Patterns. From a folder of audio files, this material includes raw field recordings, sonified ocean data-set and improvised musical motifs.
Accordingly, the “video fabric” is affected by the playback speed of the six videos, which continuously varies based on the computer vision analysis. Fifty videos in total are available for random selection, which in turn affects the sonic realization and the “video fabric.”
Teresa Connors is active as a creative coder, acoustic/electroacoustic composer, opera singer and audiovisual installation artist. Her creative works have received awards and support from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council and Bravo Fact, and have been presented at international conferences, film festivals and galleries. In 2017, Teresa returned to St. John’s to conduct creative research with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI). This research expands on her use of environmental data as a co-creative device in nonlinear audiovisual installations. www.divatproductions.com
Patterns runs, April 26 – May 24, 2019.
Learn more about Connors’ work in our online Research Library.