Path: Zen moments of a sonic landscape is an interactive sound installation exploring how technology can create a new type of garden experience, for people to let go of everyday matters, distraction, overload, and stress. The installation takes the form of Zen garden as a platform, using enabling technologies that respond to the raking motions of its participants. As raking is being performed, sounds emerge in relationship to stones, positions, and motions, to facilitate immersion in the meditative gardening experience.
The ultimate goals of this installation are to raise the afterthoughts from its participants about whether the immersion in a simple task of raking can be contemplative and stress releasing to them. In addition, can participants become aware of intentional and unintentional consequences on the landscape from their raking behavior? Furthermore, the installation is an attempt to use technology to overall facilitate our sensations to be more aware of the consequences of human impact on the environment.
Technology: openFrameworks, openCV, IR tracking, MIDI, iZotope iris 2