Angelo Cafaro, Una Ösp Steingrímsdóttir and Úlfur Eldjárn
μ-Transition (Mu-Transition or Micro-Transition) is an interactive retro style microscope that allows to experience transitions from colors to sounds. Viewers are the creators of their own audio-visual experience by choosing from a variety of colored liquids and interactively generating sounds according to changes in their colors, amount of movement, blobs and brightness.
The microscope is made by combining an old slide projector and a vintage 4×5″ range finder camera made by Graflex and dated between 1961 and 1970 (borrowed from the photographer Eric Richard Wolf). The machine has a small, real digital microscope placed in the camera’s lens mount and connected with a computer. The live feed is displayed on a LCD monitor mounted on top of the machine in the eyepiece. The liquids used are made out of food colors, corn syrup, gelatin and Finish rinse aid liquid. Their physical properties (e.g. surface tension and viscosity) were particularly suitable for the visual effects desired.
μ-Transition is the result of a group project for a joint course offered by Reykjavik University (RU) schools of CS and Engineering, and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts (LHÍ) departments of Fine Arts and Music. The installation was exhibited during the Icelandic Festival of Electronic Arts (RAFLOST), in May 2012.
Angelo Cafaro (RU, School of Computer Science)
Úlfur Eldjárn (LHÍ, Music Department)
Una Ösp Steingrímsdóttir (LHÍ, Fine Arts Department)
Joseph Timothy Foley (RU, School of Engineering)
Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson (RU, School of Computer Science)
Áki Ásgeirsson (LHÍ, Music Department)
Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson (LHÍ, Fine Arts Department)
Kjartan Ólafsson (LHÍ, Music Department)