RE/ACT media art festival, Heidelberg

The 2nd international student media art festival RE/ACT took place in the beautiful town of Heidelberg (Though we didn’t get to see much of the place itself. ^^).

Among others, the exhibition showed works from my colleagues in the Digital Media Class. Outerspace by Andre and me was also there.

The photo set also features some pictures from the RFID workshop by Matt at the ZKM, the Centre for media and art in Karlsruhe and my colleagues hanging around there.

Respiration measurement

Finally i did a more extensive research for my main interactive project at LCC, monitoring breathing of many people resp. hearing a building breathe.

These are methods of measuring (human) respiration in the most general sense:

With touch

1. Mouth airflow
by Spirometer

2. Nasal temperature probe
by thermistor

3. Acoustic
by stethoscope

4. Thoracic (chest) or abdominal (belly) expansion
by strap extension (e.g. using ultrasonic distance measurement)


1. Acoustic
by ceiling dome microphone

2. Thermal
by infrared imaging

3. Capnographic
by measuring exhaled carbon dioxide

More Links and details are coming soon.

London College of Communication

Finally I’ve enrolled to LCC and found my course. Actually I was about to attend the Typo/graphic course of Mr. Peter Willberg, son of the famous Hans Peter Willberg. The first day started of with cutting proof prints (Andruckbögen) into pieces and creating a new artwork from these. Mr. Willberg checked our skills in font recognition and I had to realize that I’m not that good at that, though I try hard at times (to Christoph: I didn’t even recognize Gill at first glance).

Well, I really liked the idea of using your handicraft skills, but I also felt like I’m a bit out of that business. Honestly, for me it felt a bit like at primary school, so then I quickly chose to go the interactive course of a prof called Biggles. Their manner of working suits me more as it is quite the way like at the Digital Media Class at the UdK.
At the interactive course, Candie, a fellow student, made some experiments with an uv-sensitive foil (see photos/video below) which comes quite close to our semester project in berlin, sensitive skin.

Further links:
London College of Communication
Interactive Course
Biggles (Interactive Prof)

Sensitive Skin | Idea 7: Dynamic Grip

Abhängig von der Stärke des Berührungsdrucks ändert die Griffigkeit einer Oberfläche. Durch ein Raster werden feine Gumminoppen geschoben und machen die Oberfläche rutschfester.

Sensitive Skin | Idea 6: Klaustrophobie

Eine Wand besteht aus einem Raster von Stäben, die dynamisch ausgefahren werden können. Nähert man sich der Wand, fahren die Stäbe aus der Wand heraus und verengen somit den Raum. Ein Spiel mit klaustrophobischen Emotionen.

Sensitive Skin | Idea 5: Oberflächentemperatur

Menschliche Kommunikation und Nähe beeinflusst die Temperatur einer (Tisch)oberfläche. Positive Kommunikation schlägt sich in einer Erhöhung der lokalen Oberflächentemperatur nieder. Durch Berührung wird die Intensität und Dauer der Kommunikation subtil erfahrbar.