Keywords:

Automatic perception
Telepatic thoughts
Cyber angel
Interactive narration

Project:
Michel Guglielmi
Architect
Lecturer at Danish school of Design, copenhagen, Denmark
Assistant Professor at Aalborg University /medialogy
An education for creativity and technology
Soundscaping, new performance systems and
Interactive Installations                     
University of Aalborg, Denmark
Dep. of Computer Science / Medialogy         

Title of the paper: Cyber-Angel


The Concept

Two wings of an angel are standing on a pedestal, "somewhere" to be accurately defined.
Their presence triggers the curiosity of the people passing by.
Some eventually will wrap themselves into the soft and silky wings.When this happen, they BECOME angel and EXPERIENCE what angel do:
Hearing surrounding peoples thoughts (via inbuilt speakers).
Sounds and thoughts get louder when people come closer and then seem to vanish again,when they walk further.
This real time effect will be obtained by automatic distance evaluation using advanced camera systems and form recognition technology.The Angel listens with kindness and sympathy to the thoughts, which are occurring in the minds of allthe people around.
Also, a large amount of carefully written small narratives will be archived in a data bank and will function as a random "thought-generator".

Intentions:

"It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive" (1)
The installation raises the question of the relation between computer technology and spirituality experienced in the modern environment.
It takes a poetical approach to apprehend such esoteric experiences.
"A novel is a mirror that strolls along a highway.
Now it reflects the blue of the skies, now themud puddles underfoot." says Stendhal.
Stendhal suggests that books can be paths towards an analytical self-discovery, but technology can do even more for us. It can give us a way to explore our subconscious in a manner that we previously could not.
Our Angel is like a spiritual mirror reflecting our divine nature.
We can see ourselves in the manner our creator sees us.
We can see ourselves like angels and souls see us.
Computer technology can create awareness by a first hand experiences trough Immersion, but also by creating a sense of sharing and belonging to something bigger:
If we see the computer as a device able to make many into one, then, when many become one,that one is getting infinite.
The symbolization of transcendence which is the theme of our installation is universel and part of our collective unconsciousness.
In a later stage, we could imagine many "falling angels" of different nature and abilities, located at diverse crossroads, park and bridges of the city, giving us some cues about the nature ofhuman beings...

Credits:

Elaboration / construction:
Helena windberg (Student at the Fashion department, Danmarks Designskole)
Josefine Bentzen (Student at the Industrial design department, Danmarks Designskole)
Karin Rapp (Student at the Industrial design department, Danmarks Designskole)
Sound effects / sound and text recording:
Henrik Norberg (Student at the IT University, Copenhagen)
Texts:
Chrisitina wendelboe

Reference:
(1) C.W. Leadbeater, "The chakras" 1927