Cyberhelvetiafor: meso digital interiors
The Cyberhelvetia Pavillion was part of the “Arteplage Biel” during the Swiss Expo of 2002. Its interior architecture was designed by Wiesbaden based scenographers 3Deluxe who teamed up with meso in Frankfurt that provided all the programming necessary under the hood of the many different interactive elements of the space.
Together with Sebastian Oschatz and Max Wolf of meso we’ve been working on our multipurpose toolkit vvvv at that time and the real world applications we realized with it for the cyberhelvetia pavillion provided a very good proof of concept of our programming work. At the end of the same year on December 24th 2002 we released beta1 of vvvv to the public.
Main attraction of the pavillion was the big pool made of glass that visitors could step on. Its surface was illuminated with a water animation whose parameters were depending on the real weather-situation outside, resulting in rougher or calmer water simulations. This large-scale multi-projection setup of 10 projectors was in fact our first boygroup realized with vvvv.
Each of the 2 long sides of the pool featured 3 interfaces to an interactive sound-pool. There the visitors could sit down and exchange sound-messages in digital water bubbles with other visitors sitting on the opposite side of the pool. Using the aquaphones (a combination of a 3d-tracker used as cursor, a speaker and a microphone) people created bubbles by speaking into the microphone. Those bubbles would then be shared among 2 projections facing each other on the sides of the pool. By hovering a bubble with the cursor their content could be listened to on the small built-in speaker.
The same sounds coming out of the small speaker also came out of the Soundshakes, larger speakers in ball form, where they were additionally affected by the balls movements. Audio programming for this 6channel input, 12 channel output sound-server was realized with pd.