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Reiko Yamada
Personalized acousmatic soundscapes based on LUCA's outputs and patient subjectivity along with an audiovisual interactive installation inspired by the LUCA diagnostic device.
Reiko Yamada

Composer and sound artist Reiko Yamada is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Her works includeschamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, sound art installations and interdisciplinary collaborations. In recent years, her work has centered on a research in the aesthetic concept of imperfection in a variety of contexts, all the while maintaining a constant concern for empathy and carefully honest representation of the human and geographical contexts from which she finds inspiration. Yamada holds a doctorate degree in composition from McGill University and has received numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, including a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship (Harvard University, 2015-2016) and the Artist-in-Residency at the Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik (IEM, University of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, 2016-2017).

Beyond Absolute

The project Beyond Absolute has two components. The first is the creation of personalized acousmatic soundscapes based on the data generated by the LUCA diagnostic device in conjunction with sonic alterations that represent the subjective mindset of the patients. These acousmatic soundscapes would be as portable and non-site-specific as the LUCA device itself.

The second component of the project consists in an interactive audio-visual installation that presents such soundscapes together with visible laser projections whose patterns would be partly determined by the movements of the audience members through installation space, and partly by the behavior of light in the LUCA device.

The title of the project refers both to the representational character of the work proposed here (as opposed to absolute music), but also to the effort it makes to transcend, without denying, the objective physiological measurements at the root of modern scientific medicine.

LUCA

LUCA is a four-year project tackling the growing societal need for sustainable healthcare by producing a novel, point-of-care, low-cost device for the screening of thyroid nodules. The device will combine two photonics systems, near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy, with a multi-modal ultrasound system and a probe that enables multimodal data acquisition for the screening of thyroid nodules for thyroid cancer. The LUCA device has the potential to represent a very innovative tool for other types of cancer diagnosis, screening and therapy monitoring in areas of the body accessible to both ultrasound and near-infrared diffuse optical technologies. LUCA is therefore expected to have a significant impact on the field of thyroid cancer but also additional areas of cancer screening.

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Beyond Absolute
Reiko Yamada
Personalized acousmatic soundscapes based on LUCA's outputs and patient subjectivity along with an audiovisual interactive installation inspired by the LUCA diagnostic device.
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The artwork

The project Beyond Absolute has two components. The first is the creation of personalized acousmatic soundscapes based on the data generated by the LUCA diagnostic device in conjunction with sonic alterations that represent the subjective mindset of the patients. These acousmatic soundscapes would be as portable and non-site-specific as the LUCA device itself.

The second component of the project consists in an interactive audio-visual installation that presents such soundscapes together with visible laser projections whose patterns would be partly determined by the movements of the audience members through installation space, and partly by the behavior of light in the LUCA device.

The title of the project refers both to the representational character of the work proposed here (as opposed to absolute music), but also to the effort it makes to transcend, without denying, the objective physiological measurements at the root of modern scientific medicine.

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About the artist
Reiko Yamada

Composer and sound artist Reiko Yamada is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Her works includeschamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, sound art installations and interdisciplinary collaborations. In recent years, her work has centered on a research in the aesthetic concept of imperfection in a variety of contexts, all the while maintaining a constant concern for empathy and carefully honest representation of the human and geographical contexts from which she finds inspiration. Yamada holds a doctorate degree in composition from McGill University and has received numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, including a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship (Harvard University, 2015-2016) and the Artist-in-Residency at the Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik (IEM, University of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, 2016-2017).


Personalized acousmatic soundscapes based on LUCA's outputs and patient subjectivity along with an audiovisual interactive installation inspired by the LUCA diagnostic device.

About the residency

LUCA is a four-year project tackling the growing societal need for sustainable healthcare by producing a novel, point-of-care, low-cost device for the screening of thyroid nodules. The device will combine two photonics systems, near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy, with a multi-modal ultrasound system and a probe that enables multimodal data acquisition for the screening of thyroid nodules for thyroid cancer. The LUCA device has the potential to represent a very innovative tool for other types of cancer diagnosis, screening and therapy monitoring in areas of the body accessible to both ultrasound and near-infrared diffuse optical technologies. LUCA is therefore expected to have a significant impact on the field of thyroid cancer but also additional areas of cancer screening.