CHATTERBOX allows us to interact and communicate, even in times when social distancing is encouraged. CHATTERBOX is an interactive audio-visual installation that allows you to ‘play’ a bespoke sculptural instrument by approaching and moving near the human-sized sculptural form. The CHATTERBOX sound world consists of abstract speech-like utterances that vary from ‘calls’ to ‘whispers’ according to how far you are from the instrument. Electronically controlled illumination acts in concert with the sounds to produce audiovisual behaviours. Drawing on a century-long tradition of interactive sonic devices, starting with the Theremin and Russolo noise machines, CHATTERBOX reimagines these gestural-mechanical experiences as public art for a new century using digital electronics and renewable power.
The creators are members of the Interactive Media Lab based at Griffith University, South Bank campus. They include staff and doctoral candidates from the Queensland College of Art and the Queensland Conservatorium. The team includes a range of complementary skills across music, media art, product design and interaction design. Each team member is an active media artist in their own right, with a history of collaborations in various combinations.