Working towards the finisage – Part 2

I already mentioned the translation into sound form the data of the heartrate sensor. For the preview show I decided that I wanted a voice that counted 1,2,3,4 in the tempo of the heartbeat.

To achieve this I translated the BPM to milliseconds between beats. This data then controls a metronome and from there a counter which counts till 4. On every count a corresponding audio file is played. Creating an adaptive system.

On top of that I included some keyboard shortcuts and a test module to simulate a heartbeat.

Working towards the finisage – Part 1

Although my project is still in full development I’d like to share some details about a ‘machine’ I’ve been working on.

During my project, which is a performance, a performer is wearing a heartrate sensor. This data is then transformed into sound.

It took me a while to figure out how I could highjack the BLE signal of my HR sensor and use it in Max. The question was how to get a Bluetooth signal into a integer which I could sent to max use there.

First I searched for readymade applications, on pc or smartphone. Unfortunately none of the apps I found where capable of doing both jobs of sending and receiving. Let alone in the desired format.

To solve this problem I made my own android app! Using existing libraries and examples I put together an application which;

– Searches for Bluetooth devices
– Lists them
– Connects to the HR sensor
– Receives the signal and displays the value
– Creates an UDP package with the INT value
– Sends the UDP package over WiFi

From there I could program max to receive the value.

-Snippet from the code-

if (oscPortOut != null) {
 // Creating the message
    Object[] thingsToSend = new Object[1];
    thingsToSend[0] = DataHandler.getInstance().getLastIntValue();

    OSCMessage message = new OSCMessage(myIP, thingsToSend);
    Log.v("OSC", "OSC Message created");

try {

    Log.v("OSC", "Data send " + message);

    } catch (Exception e) {
        Log.v("OSC", "Data not send");

Vilmos Huszar | Compositie II

My first encounter with Comp. II. was in the Gemeente Museum in The Hague. It took me a while to figure out what I was looking at. The shapes made no sense, the placement was odd and the repetition felt random.
Only after reading the note next to the painting I realized the painting was actually way more figurative then I thought. ‘Schaatsenrijders’, placed between brackets after the title revealed that the collection of shapes where ice skaters. Now I can only see it as a group of ice skaters.
This moment of pre-revelation inspired me to dive deeper into the painting. Why didn’t I link these shapes into a choreographed ice spectacle at first sight.

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Responsive Plant

In this project I tried to transform a living plant into a switch. Making it an input device. I found out that because of the organic material I could use the capacitance sensor I made before. It detects a change in resistance when you touch it.



In my research on the relationship between art and sport I came across the elegy of Pierre de Coubertin. He is considered to be the father of the modern Olympics. In 1912, when art competitions were still part of the Olympics, he won a Gold medal in literature for is work: Ode to the sport.

“There can be no beauty without balance and proportion, and you are the peerless master of both, for you create harmony, you give movements rhythm, you make strength graceful and you endow suppleness with power.”

– Ode to the sport, part 2, Pierre de Coubertin

On that poem, specifically the quote above, Teresa Lacerda wrote an essay wherein she analyzes strength as an aesthetic category. She enforces the importance of this subject with the argument that there can be no movement without strength, and in the absence of movement there is no sport.

In my work I try to play with those notions of strength and movement. I’ve made a performative installation in which I only show the aftermath of a movement. The movement itself will become obscured, it’s for the audience to fill in the gaps.

Project evaluation In Situ: Fort 1881

Truly a very strong installation, hands down. Because of it’s accuracy, simplicity and placing it could almost be considered a sacred space.
Although you were struggling finding the right approach and got lost somewhat in the 3rd week, you turned things around and made some very accurate observations.
It were these observations that triggered the need for a simple but strong intervention.
You transformed that particular section of the fortress and considered a sequence of experiences towards the installation.
With a minimum off means, you achieved a maximum result. Your attitude, concentration and effort were remarkable.

– Assessment by Onno Dirker, Christian van der Kooy and Michiel Pijpe on December 29th

Fort 1881 | Acoustic Study

During my research of the fort I discovered an amazing acoustic quality in one of the domes. The second big dome(B) is a big empty space with high ceiling. This causes sound to resonate and create a soundscape on its own.

Note: Best to watch with headphones