Alderney Landing Market
Zone 5, exhibit #503
Any time I watch an NBA game, I imagine myself at centre court overwhelmed by the thousands of people standing and clapping, just for me. This unreal moment is what Ovation is all about. "My intent was to create the feeling of standing onstage at the end of live performance," says interdisciplinary artist Dustin Harvey. "For me that means much more than just the sound of people clapping. It's a physical feeling. You're out of breath, you're exhausted or you're energized, but usually you have to earn the applause, so that's what Ovation tries to do in a way that's playful."
With electrical engineer Greg Van Slyke, Harvey's technical vision was accomplished using Raspberry Pis, customized software and hand-built sensors that react to the participant's movement.
"If you stop moving, the piece will get bored and talk amongst itself. There's also the occasional boo," Harvey warns. Created with the 2014 Scholarship Program with Centre for Art Tapes, and help from Lukas Pearse, Ovation also calls upon ideas of participation by reversing the roles of performance. "Entangling spectator and performer roles illustrates how connection and relationship are essential ingredients for creating a shared experience," says Harvey.