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interactive glasses

Flo)(ps is a series of interactive glasses that, when filled, touched and manipulated, enable flows of sound and light between them. Each artifact takes on a distinct identity, through its multifaceted and evolving behavioral qualities. Its sonic and luminous responses are continuously coupled to movement and actions performed with it. When more Flo)(ps are in use, they affect each other's behavior. Through variety of gestures, visitors can enable sound and light relations between the glasses. As they negotiate respective movements, secret connections between people and objects are revealed and a new atmosphere is collaboratively created.

Flo)(ps explores the intimate relation between us and things we touch, which is often overshadowed by functionality. It reminds us of that intimacy, animating it and extending it through social conduits. Using our own customary behaviors and gestures, the project engenders new connections between everyday things and people using them.

Exhibitied at Amplified Intimacies exhibition at Oboro Gallery, Montreal. Sept 13 - Oct 18, 2008. and at St-Etienne Biennale Internationale Design, as a part of curated exhibition Demain, c'est aujourd'hui, 15 - 30 November, 2008.

Commissioned by Interstices, Hexagram. With additional support from the CLOSED project.

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Installation Oboro, Montreal

Installation St-Etienne Biennale

additional media and documentation

Video documentation:

Questionnaires: Papers:
  • K. Franinovic, The Flo)(ps: Negotiating Between Habitual and Explorative Gestures. Proc. of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, Oslo, 2011.
  • G. Lemaitre, O. Hioux, P. Susini, Y. Visell, K. Franinovic, Feelings elicited by auditory feedback from a computationally augmented artifact: the Flops. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 2010.
  • G. Lemaitre, O. Houix, K. Franinovic, Y. Visell, P. Susini "The Flops glass: a device to study emotional reactions arising from sonic interactions". Proc. of the Sound and Music Computing Conference, Porto, 2009.