Synthetic Gardens, Electric Dreams

Upon waking up from your REM sleep, join a tour with me in the synthetic gardens, electric dreams

Caren Ye


As virtual reality transforms us into an immersive space, the wandering experience in the synthetic garden resembles our experiences in the REM sleep stage, which is associated with dreaming, memory consolidation, learning, and problem solving to visit our unconscious mind.

Using human bodies, gestures, imaginary creatures with elements from man-made world and nature, the garden unwraps a world inspired by the unheeded nature, fantasy fictions, traditional Chinese garden art (Yuanlin) and rituals, speculating the relationship between man and nature in the digital neutropia.

It will also be like an interactive audio-visual experience with spatial music arranged throughout the journey.

IMA/ITP New York
ITPG-GT.2422.001, ITPG-GT.2177.001
Live Image Processing and Performance, Synthetic Architectures

Gesture Controlled Moving Lights

Gesture controlled DMX moving head lights using body tracking data from the Kinect.

Nicole Cabalquinto


I used TouchDesigner to parse body tracking data from the Microsoft Kinect and madMapper to receive OSC messages that would change channel values to control the moving head lights.

IMA/ITP New York
ITPG-GT.2422.001, ITPG-GT.2133.001
Live Image Processing and Performance, Light and Interactivity