Time of Doubles: Haru Ji and Graham Wakefield: EDG KINECT Cube – 04 | 02 – 04 | 05

[Time of Doubles]

Time of Doubles is an immersive interactive art installation. It invites visitors to experience mirror existences of themselves
taking upon new roles as sources of energy and kinetic disturbance within a virtual ecosystem, a uniquely created
computational world.

Visitors encounter their doubles in a deep hyperspace through 3D depth cameras, a surround array of active speakers,
and projected images. The immersive multimodal environment forms any entryway into a shared, co-present world, and
the volumetric sensors take the visitors beyond avatar-based representation to become embodied within a world of
physical simulation. This world displays some familiar characteristics as our own, but is populated by unfamiliar life
forms singing and swimming through the sensitive motions of dark fluids.

The visitors’ doubles are energy fields, which emanate myriad bright fluid particles, food sources, which are eaten by the
virtual organisms. Visitors see, hear, and feel how they are fed to unknown species in this virtual ecosystem. Without visitors,
the world-fluid is filled with life seeds that cannot grow, but with human presence the populations explode into alien
orchestras. Larger organisms leave physical residues and films behind as they pass, which constrain the fluid flows and
which can be sculpted by visitors’ doubles when they approach them.

Haru Ji is a TransArtist and researcher exploring the subject of life in art through Artificial Life Worldmaking: a form of
computational generative art creating and evolving virtual ecosystems as immersive environments. She holds a Ph.D. in
Media Arts & Technology at the University of California Santa Barbara and is a researcher for the AlloSphere at the California
Nano Systems Institute. She attained a Master and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Seoul National University,
and studied image engineering, computer graphics and 3D animation at Chung-Ang University, both in Seoul,
Korea. She has exhibited computational installations, digital sculptures, virtual architecture, video installations, sculptural
objects and 3D animations at exhibitions and art festivals worldwide including ISEA, EvoWorkshops, and SIGGRAPH,
with corresponding publications. She is a co-creator of the research project and immersive ecosystem “Artificial Nature”,
exploring the expansion of media art towards ‘art-as- it-could-be’. It is an amalgam of play, research, and art, which
raises novel and significant questions regarding the trans-disciplinary interpretation of both subjective beauty and objective
truth in art and biology.

Graham Wakefield explores the creation of audio-visual and immersive and art through the computational embodiment of
creative becoming. This work expands upon his musical practice to engage with enduring questions of creativity, emergence,
and experience through bio inspired computation and run-time code generation. He is a Ph.D. candidate of Media
Arts & Technology at the University of California Santa Barbara and graduated with a Master in Composition from
Goldsmiths College University of London and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, UK. He is currently employed
as a researcher for the AlloSphere multi-user spherical immersive instrument, producing interactive environments
for art-science research and co-developing open-source multimedia frameworks (LuaAV, AlloCore). He is a software developer
for Cycling ’74 and faculty lecturer at the Southern California Institute for Architecture, Los Angeles. His works
and publications have been performed, exhibited and presented at international events including SIGGRAPH, ICMC and



Myers School of Art
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325

Primary Gallery:

Emily Davis Gallery
Folk Hall
150 E Exchange St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location A:

Honors College
Orr Residence Hall
180 S College St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location B:

Emerging Technologies Lab
Bierce Library
Buchtel Common, Akron OH 44325


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider :: C4 this year is spectacle.

spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Spectacle operates in two contexts simultaneously. On the one hand, it refers to high culture (drama, movies) performances where the draw for an audience is the impressive visual accomplishment. On the other hand, it refers to low cultural shows operating in a folk environment. These can range from the freak show to folk drama to tableau and beast-plays.


Exhibition Dates:

March 19, 2012 - April 13, 2012

Opening Reception Emily Davis Gallery:

March 20, 2012 at 4:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Elliot Earls Lecture:

March 26, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Golan Levin Lecture:

April 3, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Mark Amerika Lecture:

April 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.