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Sleeping Bears

Interactive sound installlation

An interactive sound installation collaboration with Lyndsey Housden, created for KAAP festival 2012 in Utrecht, NL.

 Sleeping Bears is installed inside one of the mounds at Fort Ruigethoek, Utrecht; a former waterline defense fort. Over 100 years of natural growth has transformed this bygone military base into a nature reserve and an adventure island for children. Lyndsey Housden and Yoko Seyama were commisioned by STORM Utrecht to make a work for the Fort in the context of a young peoples art festival. In response they imagined the mounds as giant sleeping bears, whose mesh of elastic nerves generated a sympathetic composition of electric sounds when children of all ages played inside. The chimneys that are visible on top of the mounds piped out the sounds created inside; this resulted in a continually evolving sound composition, caught in the wind and inviting people to climb the mound.


Concept and Design: Lyndsey Housden & Yoko Seyama
Interaction programming : Georgios Papadakis
Software/ sensor programming/ audio support: FetaPapa
Sensor & arduino implementation: Rene Wassenburg

Material : Metal profile, Veneer wood, Elastic cord, Sensors, Computer, Speaker
Tech info: Sensors (16 triple axis accelerometers, 8 contact microphones), Hardware (10 active sound, monitors, Motu 828 soundcard), Software (junXion, max/msp, albino3)

The KAAP exhibition is Curated by Tiong Ang
Commissioned by Storm Utrecht. Supported and funded by STROOM Den Haag and STEIM Amsterdam.
Technical support from Georgios Papadakis (STEIM) and Rene Wassenburg schrikdraad-ontwerp


Yoko Seyama _ Sleeping Bears

Yoko Seyama _ Sleeping Bears

Yoko Seyama _ Sleeping Bears

Design sketch
Yoko Seyama _ Sleeping Bears

Yoko Seyama _ Sleeping Bears