The WHIMSICHORD is a wearable interactive musical instrument that will react to the movement and touch of users (or Movicians) responding with sound. We have coined the term ‘Movician’ to describe this hybrid act of composition and choreography. WHIMSICHORD comprises of striking spring-like modules that are connect to a series of fixed landing-pads via retractable chords. Each component can be plucked from its landing-pad and attached to the Movician in a myriad of ways. Our soft sculptures are specially designed around the body to seamlessly grip to the Movician as they traverse space and interact with the piece to produce music. As Movicians connect to the modules they will draw elegant lines from the surrounding architecture onto to the body. These strings can be twanged to produce sound, and each participant will become a human string instrument.
Artists: Di Mainstone and Dave Meckin, Queen Mary University of London.
Sponsored by Queen Mary University of London.
Di Mainstone is an artist and inventor. She creates body-centric sculptures for art collectors, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and fashion-stalkers. Musical prosthetics, kinetic couture, wearable graffiti, body-architecture and sensory-skins are just some of the devices Mainstone has concocted. A joyful choreography of fashion, technology and performance, her work is an interactive hybrid, brought to life by the intrepid curiosity of the wearer. Originally trained in fashion at Central Saint Martins, Mainstone chose to shift from designer to artist-researcher, expanding her practice through residencies at institutions, such as Eyebeam Centre for Art and Technology NYC, V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media Rotterdam, XS Lab Montreal, Banff New Media Institute and The Centre for Digital Music. Her whimsical adornments have been displayed internationally at conferences, exhibitions and festivals. A regular guest-lecturer, she presents at institutes like The Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Smartlab, NYU, Parsons, MICA, Emily Carr, Concordia University, Willem de Kooning and UKD. Mainstone also teaches and develops workshops, most recently at The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Eyebeam, Kingston University, NYU, Pratt and Queen Mary University of London. Currently expanding her home-practice in London, Di continues to exhibit, create and lecture internationally.
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