Bonnie Mitchell & Elainie Lillios

Bonnie Mitchell is an artist, animator and Professor at Bowling Green State University in Digital Arts, in Ohio, USA. Her creative scholarship includes electronic interactive installation, experimental visual music animation, environmental data visualization, net-art, new media archive development and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Ms. Mitchell’s artworks explore spatial and experiential relationships to our physical, social, cultural and psychological environment through interaction. Mitchell’s works have been screened or shown at numerous festivals, conferences and exhibitions around the world including Ars Electronica, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Computer Music Association, Visual Music Marathon, Melbourne and London International Animation Festivals, Society for Electro-acoustic Music, Cinémathèque Québécoise and many more.

Electroacoustic composer, Elainie Lillios‘ compositions include stereo, multi-channel, and Ambisonic fixed media works, instrument(s) with live interactive electronics, audio/visual animations, and installations. Their collaborative pieces have been shown around the world.

Artist Location: Bowling Green, OH

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Anthro-eco Mental Scotoma

Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2021:
Anthro-eco Mental Scotoma
An interactive immersive installation

Anthro-eco Mental Scotoma is an interactive installation that allows the participant to immerse themselves in the visualization of climate change data and, within minutes, see the changes that have occurred in our environment over the past century and a half. The data-controlled animation slowly creeps upward as the years traverse the screen notated by numeric data. It is undeniably convincing that we have made a significantly negative impact on the earth when the visualization reaches its peak in the present day and drops down suddenly to the 1850-1880s levels.

The piece consists of three animated pods, each analyzing and visually representing data as it changes from the late 1800s to the present. When the viewer enters the pods, their shadow overwhelms the data and obscures it, metaphorically representing their mental scotoma. The data becomes part of the body, engulfing it. In the center of the installation, a responsive environment consists of a visual depiction of the earth rotating and visual effects depicting temperature, water and CO2.  As the viewer approaches the earth, the layers of fire, water, earth and CO2 images intensify and the experimental audio enhances the experience. 

This installation brings awareness to our personal mental scotoma in regards to the destructive impact our life style is having on the earth. Hopefully it encourages dialog and inspires collective action to seek positive solutions.

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Sweeping Memories

(Bonnie Mitchell & Elainie Lillios)

Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2020:

Paradigm Shift
Digital Animation: Paradigm Shift abstractly represents the fluctuating progression of change that governs social, cultural, and environmental systems. Every so often a radical alteration to the basic fabric of existing structures and beliefs ushers in a new way of thinking. These changes sometimes evolve from pre-existing principles, practices, or complex systems and ultimately replace the entities from which they were derived. Other times they appear suddenly out of nowhere and drastically upset the fundamental essence of our being. The circumstances that precipitate these radical alterations are often invisible until the shift is recognized, while other times they are expected outcomes of innovation and growth. This animation brings the audience on a journey through these disruptive intrusions and peaceful passages in a quest to reveal the beauty of change.

Paradigm Shift’s abstract electroacoustic soundtrack merges synthetic and recorded sounds to reflect the visual landscape’s ebb and flow. The sonic environment supports and enhances often unexpected shifts between disruptive intrusions and peaceful passages, promoting a cohesive visual music experience. As the sound and visuals evolve simultaneously, they challenge the viewer’s ideas and expectations concerning each element’s role in promoting or subverting possible unity, divergence, consonance, dissonance, progress, interruption, or termination — the viewer’s visual/sonic journey becomes the paradigm shift.

Sweeping Memories
Digital Animation: Sweeping Memories abstractly journeys through the past, referencing the emotional aftermath of various types of events: from celebration to trauma. Emotional stimuli heightens memory retention yet the act of recalling memories rewrites them thus forming new experiential references.

Sweeping Memories also seeks to evoke emotional responses through the use of the elements and principles of art and music. The viewer is swept from one psychological state to another as particles, geometric forms and organic shapes evolve in color and textural quality. Throughout the piece anticipation builds slowly eventually culminating in a heightened sense of tension until the screen anxiously bursts open only to reveal a new set of memories. These abstract audio and visual environments help to evoke the way our memories transform into new sensorial and contextual experiences.

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