Very Nervous System

David Rokeby

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Very Nervous System is the third generation of interactive sound installations which Rokeby has created. In these systems, video cameras, image processors, computers, synthesizers and a sound system are used to create a space in which the movements of one's body create sound and/or music. It has been primarily presented as an installation in galleries but has also been installed in public outdoor spaces, and has been used in a number of performances.

The installation could be described as a sort of instrument that you play with your body but that implies a level of control which Rokeby is not particularly interested in. He is interested in creating a complex and resonant relationship between the interactor and the system. (source:
  • aesthetics
    • performative
    • sonification
  • genres
    • sound art
      • sound installations
  • subjects
    • Arts and Visual Culture
      • dance
    • Body and Psychology
      • bodies (animal components)
Technology & Material
Apple II Computer (1983)
8x8 pixel resolution camera (1983)