Dan Wilcox, Shadow Play, 2021, Open-Source-App, © Dan Wilcox.
Dan Wilcox, Shadow Play, 2021, Open-Source-App, © Dan Wilcox.

Shadow Play, 2021

How do streets in Karlsruhe sound? Can the play of light and shadow of buildings onto Karlsruhe streets be set to music? The open-source app Shadow Play for iOS devices lets you translate architecture into sound at three different locations in Karlsruhe. By riding a bike with a smartphone mounted pointing down, the pattern of light and shadow in the streets becomes a musical score. Like a mechanical music box where the arrangement of the pins on a drum pluck the teeth of a steel comb to produce musical sounds, in Shadow Play, the transitions from light to dark drive the playback of generated sounds and sequences as well as the speed of the audio playback. With compositions recorded by GPS tracks and performance videos, Wilcox documents the function of his work additionally. You can view the materials on an online map and find the download link for iOS devices here: http://danomatika.com/projects/shadowplay

In the interests of road safety, it is obligatory to fix a smartphone holder to your bicycle’s handlebars and keep a close eye on the traffic while using the app. 

Supported by the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe 2021 project support program for media art.

Period

17.09.2021 – 17.10.2021

Location

Route a) Zähringerstraße 61 - Lammstraße 10;

Route b) Hirschstraße 116 - Hirschstraße 103A;

Route c) Sophienstraße 185 - Sophienstraße 82

Artists

Dan Wilcox

Artist

Dan Wilcox (*1981) is an artist, engineer, musician, and performer, who combines live music performances with experimental electronics and software. With these new means of expression, he explores themes from science fiction, space travel, and similar. His father was an aerospace engineer and Wilcox grew up in Huntsville, known as “Rocket City USA.” He operates at the interface of media technology, art, and experimental music. Wilcox lives in Karlsruhe and is a part-time artist and researcher at the ZKM’s Hertz Lab.

Partner

  • City of Karlsruhe, External relations and strategic marketing department
    Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe, External relations and strategic marketing department
  • Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe
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  • KME Karlsruhe Marketing and Event Ltd
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  • KTG Karlsruhe Tourism Ltd
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  • K³ Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaftsbüro Karlsruhe
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  • ZKM | Center for Art and Media
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