Designed with the artist-collective Carnal Torpor, the CalmDome is a new form of public space which empowers and protects the creative impulse.
Min | Day, Carnal Torpor
The CalmDome functions is as an environmental computing platform, allowing multiple users to engage both wireless interface objects and their own bodies to control a vast range of different software applications within a variety of different contexts, such as sporting, therapeutic, musical, and educational, as well as emergent new modes of creation and interaction. The piece is an inhabitable geometric construction based on a distorted Archimedean solid: a truncated icosahedron (a soccer ball geometry) with patterned exterior surfaces of precision cnc-cut MDF. Interior surfaces are lined with foam and wired with microphones, proximity sensors, contact speakers an a video monitor. The piece merges effects of the sounds and movements of inhabitants with computer-generated music.
The work has been exhibited at the Smart Museum in Chicago, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, and at galleries in Kansas City.