Just Noticeable Difference (JND)
Sensory Reduction Environment
In collaboration with Marije Baalman, Harry Smoak, Vincent de Belleval, Justine Chibuk, Thomas Spier, Duncan Swain and Brett Bergmann
In Just Noticeable Difference (JND), Chris Salter ratchets down the level of sensory information to the threshold of the perceptible. On entering the installation the visitor is immersed in an environment of near-total darkness, insulated against external sound and vibration. Sparked by an array of sophisticated built-in sensors and devices that emit micro-levels of tactile, auditory, and visual feedback, the slightest motions cause this environment to respond, though so subtly as to test the limits of both perception and interpretation. The result is a revelatory aesthetic experience in which noise shifts towards order, sensation becomes sense, and the apparent randomness of threshold sensory impressions gives way to a new understanding of meaning in the relationship among body, self, and external world.
On Thursday, March 4 at 7 PM in the Theater, Chris Salter and Rensselaer faculty Michael Century, Mark Changizi, and Ted Krueger with other experts will all take part in a panel discussion on topics including thresholds of perception, multi-modal perception, and the use of research in art practice.
Chris Salter is an artist based in Montréal and Berlin, whose artistic and research interests center on the development and production of real time, computationally-augmented responsive performance environments that fuse space, sound, image, architectural materials, and sensor-based technologies. After collaborating with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe/Ballett Frankfurt, he co-founded the art and research organization Sponge, which works in the arenas of performance, installation, scientific research, and publications. His work has been shown at such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Ars Electronica (Linz), Villette Numerique (Paris), Transmediale (Berlin), the Shanghai Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (New York), and the Exploratorium (San Francisco). His book Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance will be published by MIT Press in 2010. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montréal.