Project Chorale

Project Chorale | AR @ Music Hack Day | Montreal | 2011 | John Naccarato & Shereen Solimon

Subverting public space via an augmented (AR) sound & image intervention, created by John Naccarato and Shereen Soliman as part of Music Hack Day Montreal on September 25th, 2011, at Eastern Bloc.

I should explain what we did first. We stopped random strangers on the street and asked them to express themselves vocally – in a sort of sing-song way – which we then recorded. We then created colored music notes which were assigned to each voice.

Both the images and voices were uploaded and processed via an (AR) Augmented Reality open source processor which allowed us to define certain GPS trigger points in and around Eastern Bloc where the event took place. So visitor/participants were able to use their smart phones to scan the space, locating predefined GPS points which in turn would trigger the music notes and their associated sounds: the voices of strangers previously recorded.

Projet Chorale was developed as part of a larger project which is still in development and which intends to create a public intervention between ‘Artists’ and the ‘Public’ so that they may interact and critique issues surrounding Public Space. The thematic wrapper or entry point for the project will be notions of ‘Intimacy’.