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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, dependent on obtaining a longer-term (Category 2) residency, would consist 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 about the interaction of light with tissues. The photons enter the tissues, interact with blood, cell membranesand other structures while ¨random walking¨. When they emerge, they carry information about tissue physiology. The artist will have access to numerical simulations, instrumentation (light sources and detectors, electronics), sensors or probes that deliver light and detect it and software to analyse this information. The ultrasound is used to link this to the morphology of the tissue.The challenge will be to relay the interactions of light with the tissue and this process and how this is related to medicine.

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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.
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, dependent on obtaining a longer-term (Category 2) residency, would consist 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 about the interaction of light with tissues. The photons enter the tissues, interact with blood, cell membranesand other structures while ¨random walking¨. When they emerge, they carry information about tissue physiology. The artist will have access to numerical simulations, instrumentation (light sources and detectors, electronics), sensors or probes that deliver light and detect it and software to analyse this information. The ultrasound is used to link this to the morphology of the tissue.The challenge will be to relay the interactions of light with the tissue and this process and how this is related to medicine.