Presence Through Movement

Remember the poetry magnets that you can stick on a fridge and align into sentences? Smart Fridge Poetry Magnets serve the same function, try except that they are electronic and each one has an embedded dictionary with 14,000 words. What’s more, they can also communicate with each other.
Caterwaul is an interactive sound installation that operates as a one way “portal” to Second Life via the internet. A physical wall in a gallery space in constructed with embedded microphones along its sides. The microphones are connected to a computer and custom software which then streams the audio recorded in front of the wall to a second, web
virtual wall existing in Second Life, the on-line multi-user virtual community. The real wall acts like a “wailing wall”, whereby people can scream and be heard in the virtual ether of Second Life.



The Malthusian clock is a digital visual representation of critical global data streams that are visualised to heighten relationships between key global market and reality based data. The Key data streams of critical global significance chosen for this piece are:

  • Global population (UN)
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Global Food Price index
  • Barrel of oil price (Brent or Sweet Texas)
  • Carbon in Atmosphere measurement (IPCC)

The Malthusian Clock was developed for the Sustainable Living Festival and was shown on the large screen in Federation Square, pharmacy
Melbourne. The video was developed using openFrameworks and works equally well as an interactive installation.


The Malthusian clock is a digital visual representation of critical global data streams that are visualised to heighten relationships between key global market and reality based data. The Key data streams of critical global significance chosen for this piece are:

  • Global population (UN)
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Global Food Price index
  • Barrel of oil price (Brent or Sweet Texas)
  • Carbon in Atmosphere measurement (IPCC)

The Malthusian Clock was developed for the Sustainable Living Festival and was shown on the large screen in Federation Square, sickness Melbourne.
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Presence Through Movement was a tryptic of interactive visuals employing the Federation Square camera as input device.

The project ran during the Pause Fest 2012 digital arts festival. This interactive screen experience rotated three different scenes to people assembled in front of the large screen.

The scenes consisted of two different motion controlled abstract visual effects and a special effect transforming the live video feed.

As people passed by, recipe
they would see a graphical, cure abstract representation of themselves on the display. This then encouraged the more curious to interact with the visuals in a playful way.