This artistic project presents a vibrotactile “musical sculpture” in virtual reality. While wearing a spatially-tracked head-mounted display and custom 2-channel-tactor glove, participants can visually and haptically explore a virtual, permeable sculpture suspended in 3-dimensional space, comprised of dynamic, musical-like vibrations. As a general aim, the work proposes a more abstract approach to using vibrotactility in virtual environments for artistic ends. More specifically, as a product of research-practice, this piece is a proof-of-concept of the expressive spatial potential concerning two apparent motion illusions that arise from frequency beating and changing phase. A number of informal perceptual studies investigating these illusions informed the creative choices of this work.
2018 (March 27) “A Vibrotactile ‘Musical Sculpture’ in VR Exploring Apparent Motion Illusions of Frequency Beating and Changing Phase”: Demonstrations at the 2018 IEEE Haptics Symposium (March 25–28, 2018) in San Francisco, California.
2018 “Transpiration(s): ‘A Vibrotactile “Musical Sculpture” in VR Exploring Apparent Motion Illusions of Frequency Beating and Changing Phase’”: Installation. April Santa Barbara 1st Thursday event. Studio F, SBCAST (Santa Barbara, CA).