Interactive Embroidery with Light & Sound

“A Study in Hysteria”

In this project I will be manipulating LEDs with sound and playing with the translucence of fabric with lighting. The content addresses violence inflicted upon southern women, who are often idealized and subjugated.

The heart by default will loop a calm pulse-rate, with the LED lights flashing blue at intervals with an accompanying heartbeat sound effect. A programmed event listener will measure the sound in the gallery space. Once the threshold of the sound tolerance is reached, or when the piece becomes startled, a panic reaction is triggered. The heartbeat will increase in volume, shifting from blue to red, beating and flashing at a frantic pace to simulate an over-reactive vigilance response found in abuse victims.

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