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FIGURES, £IGUR€$, GO FIGURE?!

Sound Design for artist Libby Heaney

FIGURES, £igur€$, go figure? is a video essay centred around the forthcoming artwork Figures in Limbo, a partially playable 3D animation, exploring representations of the body in computer vision and datasets and parallels in (mostly western) art history.   

The piece investigates how cultural and historical biases are now being translated into code and what this means. The artwork’s narrative is initially composed by an AI weaving together descriptions of so-called canonical artworks such as Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man with text from academic papers on AI pose estimation, highlighting the continued search for the ideal body. The AI-composed narrative is then playfully deconstructed by Heaney to open up space for other possibilities, as alternative bodies emerge, boundaryless and formless, evading the gaze of computer vision.

Barney has been developing a process to make sound with quantum data as part of the greater piece.

PLASTIFIED AN ODE

Sound Design for Alice Aires

The collapse of biodiversity we’re witnessing today is a societal as well as an environmental crisis, which threatens species we haven’t yet seen.

This deep sea dive through a speculative ecology strives to document places where cameras can't easily go, crystallizing strange and hidden life forms from Earth.

Bioluminescent creatures are drawn from the scientific depths and digitally memorialized by the substance that caused their extinction - human plastic.

Made in collaboration with:

Barney Kass- Sound design
Felix Weyss- Additional Animation Assets
Ines Guedes- Scientific Consulting

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ECOSYSTEM I

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Ecosystem I is an exploration into power and control, passive and active engagement.

The piece aims to provoke our human-centred world view.

Each plant has specific needs and wants due to their diverse backgrounds coming from
ecosystems across the world. When they are planted next to each other they form a
motley crew, a diverse community.

PICNIC COLLECTIVE

1/2 Picnic with artist Julita Mahrer

Picnic Collective is an interactive platform for artists of all nature. We aim to connect, support and encourage all to be enriched and grow.


Tho distance might be between us our minds can be linked in solidarity to nurture and support each other.

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POLYPHONIC EARTH

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‘Polyphonic Earth’ proposes an accessible website which focuses on sound. Music has been embedded in cultures for as long as people have formed communities. It has become an integral part of social dynamics, used to collect and bond together. During these difficult times of being sent to isolate, the project encourages a social interaction that transcends language. The project encourages all to become musicians, each contributing to a musical piece allowing to be present together. Each sound starts a conversation between all online, bridging the social gap and connecting spaces and people from across the globe in unity and harmony.


Role 

Creative Direction, Concept and Sound Design

Press

https://www.theearthissue.com/news/polyphonic-earth

Archive 

https://eyesore.co.uk/Climate-and-Cities

https://designinquarantine.com/128-Polyphonic-Earth

A GENERAL ECOLOGY OF THINGS

Reasearch Project for Climate and Cities

A General Ecology of Things is an exploration into social ecosystems, anthropology and community.

An ecosystem is defined as an interconnected biological community of perfectly individual organisms interacting with their physical environment. I invite you to observe yourself as an ecosystem. A complex system with highly collaborative elements that nourishes and ultimately enables us to survive. An ecosystem is reliant on a fine balance between everything within the “community” and the different mutualistic and parasitic relationships that exist within them.

Sound and music has been embedded in our culture for as long as people have formed communities. We hear as a form of protection and communication between each other and the environment. It has been argued that even the caves we once chose to live, pray and paint in during the Palaeolithic era were specifically chosen for their acoustic properties, either to protect us from intruders or to utilise reverberant spaces to create an ethereal euphoric environment. It has now developed over time into a powerful form of expression that binds us together. Cultures from around the world have used sound and ritual to connect with their surroundings and empower themselves for generations. A common hole in our cultural fabric surrounding well-being is connection.

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COSMIC CAPSULE

Design Museum

I collaborated with the Design Museum Residents in late 2019 for the London Design Festival. My role was to help design the installation and compose a soundscape alongside the visual artists moving image works.

The Cosmic capsule invites you to delve into the connections of the cosmos. This unique film installation and soundscape will take visitors on a journey through the stars to explore the miracle of childbirth, the possibilities of our food systems, the creation of wonder materials and the otherworldly landscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert.

This display is part of the London Design Festival 2019.

MY DAD’S NAME WAS HUW. HE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC POET.

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An intimate and insightful documentary short unravelling the state of mind of my late alcoholic father through the poems he left behind.

RCA Graduate Film 2019

BAFTA Shortlisted 2020
Winner of Passion Animation Prize 2019
Winner of LIAF Audience Award Animated Documentaries 2019

Directed and animated by Freddie Griffiths
Poems by Huw Griffiths
Voice by Owen Teale
Sound Design by Barney Kass
Assistance by Alicia Wengler, Corey McAllen, Rafael Hara, Joumana Issmaiel, Yitong Wang

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TEXTURE OF LIGHT

Sound Art and Interaction Design

Texture Of Light is a sentient surface, the sound of the visitors in the space control the light. This feedback system creates a collaboration between people and space. 

Collaborators - 
Mále Uribe
Thibaut Everard

Shown in Hockney Gallery South Kensigton SG1

 
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