VIMEO
OPK Video Showcase: https://vimeo.com/showcase/5176262


SOUNDCLOUD
OPK set: https://soundcloud.com/steve-gibson-101/sets/opk


DESCRIPTION
Opto-Phono-Kinesia (OPK) is a body-based audio-visual performance piece. The title is a play on the possible synesthetic state involving connections between vision, sound and body motion. Theoretically, for a person who experiences this state, a specific colour could trigger both a sound (i.e. a particular note) and a body action (i.e. a flick of the hand).

OPK employs a simulation of synaesthesia as a model for matching of movement to sound, light and image. Each sound placed in space is assigned a light effect and at times a specific video. Different notes of a melody or bass line will be matched to specific light and/or video colours. New virtual rooms with related or different audio-visual-body mappings can be loaded at certain points in a room.

In OPK all audio-visuals are performed in virtual space through body movement. By moving the hands and the body, music, video, special effects, robot lights, and even a smoke machine can be brought to life as if by magic. Motion-tracking allows the performer to be a virtual conductor, conjuring an immersive environment with the body itself. Conceptually OPK makes a case for physically-engaged interaction in response to much of present-day ‘lazy media’, while at the same time the piece subtly references possible damaging uses of those technologies.


PERFORMANCE HISTORY
Premiere: March 19, 2018, Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions (TEI), Stockholm, Sweden.
Live Shoot Invited Performance: October 21, 2019, Northern Dance, Newcastle.


STILLS FROM SHOOT AT NORTHERN DANCE
All Images shot by Liam Hardy and edited by Steve Gibson



SYNAESTHESIA MAP EXAMPLE
This map is from OPK03, one of the Performance Excerpts in the Vimeo link at the top of this page.