immaterial.cloud is an immersive audiovisual installation that explores a possible networked future of peer-to-peer technologies, away from the cloud. Participants experience the work via two to four smartphones placed in different locations in a room. As participants walk up to a phone, they see a representation of themselves through data. If the participant gets close enough, the phone triggers a change in the sound of immaterial.cloud and the other phones follow.
immaterial.cloud creates the opportunity for a shared space with participants by using technology in a collective way. It requires the phones to act together, and out of their hands, not as individuals as is usual in this era of personalized devices. Experiencing immaterial.cloud presents an opportunity for a restoration of attention that might have been lost by an overuse of technology in the typical way.
All sound during the installation is played over the phones. A participant joins the network by going to immaterial.cloud and entering the ID of a chosen "host" phone. No extra software is required to participate. immaterial.cloud will work with a group of participants or just one.
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Tate Carson is a composer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied jazz composition and performance at both Loyola University New Orleans and the University of New Orleans. Carson was active in the New Orleans jazz improvisation scene from 2009 until 2015 when he moved to Oakland, California to attend Mills College where he earned an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Experimental Music and Digital Media at Louisiana State University.