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Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Bill Seaman - »Exchange Fields«”. https://www.digitalartarchive.at/database/general/work/exchange-fields.html (retrieved 2020-30-09). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Bill Seaman - »Exchange Fields«}, url = {https://www.digitalartarchive.at/database/general/work/exchange-fields.html}, urldate = {retrieved 2020-30-09}
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Exchange Fields (2000), commissioned by the Vision Ruhr Exhibition in Dortmund Germany, incorporates the recorded dance and choreography of Regina van Berkel. The programmer Gideon May also became involved in this project. The central question dealt with the generation of a new kind of interface - how might an embodied experience of interface be layered into the content of an interactive media/dance comprised of video, text, a sculptural installation and music? Exchange Fields sought to develop a novel interface strategy by eliciting culturally determined environmental 'behavior in relation to objects' as a grammar of gesture that could be used as input to the reacting system. The work sought to tap into pre-linguistic environmental knowledge related to the use of particular varieties of objects. A series of furniture/sculptures were developed. Each furniture/sculpture was designed with a unique implied "suggestion" of how the body might be positioned in relation to that object. This suggestion was non-logo-centric. It was embodied in the form of the physical interface itself and reinforced through linguistic captioning affixed near the work. A dynamic relation is experienced by the participant that is brought about through their embodied physical positioning. This "gesture" functions as an input into a computerized system that dynamically links output consisting of pre-recorded performance/dance images (video) and sound. These have been choreographed in relation to the particularity of that embodied position. For each unique furniture/sculpture a set of related dances was recorded. A linear text and musical composition become layered with the sound and image that is triggered by users. It is the physical engagement of the participant relative to the visual and audible output that gives the work its artistic experiential content and power. 
Bill Seaman 04-10-2020
Exchange Fields (2000), commissioned by the Vision Ruhr Exhibition in Dortmund Germany, incorporates the recorded dance and
choreography of Regina van Berkel. The programmer Gideon May also became involved in this project. The central question dealt
with the generation of a new kind of interface - how might an embodied experience of interface be layered into the content of an
interactive media/dance composed of video, text, a sculptural installation and music. Exchange Fields sought to develop a novel
interface strategy by eliciting culturally determined environmental 'behavior in relation to objects' as a grammar of gesture that could
be used as input to the reacting system. The work sought to tap into pre-linguistic environmental knowledge related to the use of
particular varieties of objects. A series of furniture/sculptures were developed. Each furniture/sculpture was designed with a unique
implied "suggestion" of how the body might be positioned in relation to that object. This suggestion was non-logo-centric. It was
embodied in the form of the physical interface itself and reinforced through linguistic captioning affixed near the work.

A dynamic relation is experienced by the participant that is brought about through their embodied physical positioning. This "gesture"
functions as an input into a computerized system that dynamically links output consisting of pre-recorded performance/dance images
(video) and sound. These have been choreographed in relation to the particularity of that embodied position. For each unique
furniture/sculpture a set of related dances was recorded. A linear text and musical composition became layered with the sound and
image that is triggered by users. It is the physical engagement of the participant relative to the visual and audible output that gives the
work its artistic experiential content and power.

Produced in conjunction with 235 Media and ZKM.


Exchange Fields

thought becomes force, the circulatory fold of abstract physics
energy circulates becoming our exchange fields
the alchemical metaphor becomes code, the codes become enfolded
motion becomes thought, the flow of behavioral signals

light becomes information, response fields activated
information becomes light, paths and returns
light becomes thought, trajectories and relays
thought becomes action, enfolded in response

thought becomes positional force, transference states, the body articulated
energy becomes action, circulation informs the fields

thought becomes force, the circulatory fold of abstract physics
energy circulates becoming our exchange fields
the alchemical metaphor becomes code, the codes become enfolded
motion becomes thought, the flow of behavioral signals

light becomes information, response fields activated
light becomes thought, trajectories and relays
thought becomes action, enfolded in response
thought becomes positional force, transference states, the body
energy becomes action, circulation informs the fields

thought becomes energy, a return that inter-folds
proximity becomes a trigger, the physics of emotion dispersion.

a body becomes entangled with an abstraction
embodied
and bodies become arousal, circulation emotives
the body becomes, articulation, layered across the states

abstractions become one, the plural articulation
the drone lines becomes circulatory, angular musculature of the body-song
thought merges with the machinic flow,

The emergence forms a balance, dance becomes a return that folds
The abstraction of states of exchange, trajectories become gestural
Reacting with precision, gesture becomes light flows
Hand measures trigger fields, motions become erotic
The touch field distances of abstracted states
The boundary becomes a bridge the physics of pulse edges circulating
the container becomes activated, and motivates the chain reaction

the container becomes activated, and motivates the chain reaction
a chain reaction, across differing states,
a chain reaction, multiple vessels become engaged
inter-fields
inter-fields of energy flow

multiple vessels become engaged, inter-fields of energy
containers become saturated, held in suspension
a motion becomes ecstatic, a hovering flow
energy becomes transgressive enfolded in the circulation

the constraints becomes costly, no sliding off of meaning
touch becomes arousal, the tensile surface organization
emotion becomes confused, the complex dimension of release
the complex dimensions of release

vapor becomes a thought body, the woven arms inverted,
breathing becomes energy, the voice of exchange
the body becomes a battery, the musculature of containment
a battery becomes a litany, alternate embodiment, a transference of the states

the container becomes activated and motivates the chain reaction across
across differing states, multiple vessels become engaged,
inter-fields of energy
containers become saturated, held in suspension
a motion becomes ecstatic, a hovering balance of circulating abstractions
energy becomes transgressive enfolded in the states
the constraints become costly, no sliding off of meaning
touch becomes arousal, the tensile service of space

motions become confused the complex dimensions of release
vapor becomes a thought body, the woven arms inverted, inserted
breathing becomes energy, the voice of exchange
the body becomes a battery, the musculature of containment
a body becomes a litany, alternate embodiment,
a transference of states, a word becomes pure,
folding across the intervals, folding across the intervals
the plural musculatures of encoded articulations

a body becomes amorphous, the alternate perspective, the fine proximity
a site becomes the body, cathartic,
the body of information
mining becomes the metaphor, the metaphor of articulation,

the meeting fields, a gesture becomes informed,
grasping at the balance of abstractions intermingling
motion becomes poignant, grafting emotives, the life of emergence
an angle or positioning becomes a path to navigate,

a circulation trigger,
motion becomes you,
motion becomes you, emergent of flows
motion becomes you, becomes you
motion becomes you, emergent of flows

Seaman 2000
Bill Seaman: Exchange Fields, 04-10-2020, in: Archive of Digital Art
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