Silvia studied composition at Mozarteum Universität after she completed a degree in electronic engineering. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she currently works as associate lecturer. Her research investigates ways to create temporary low-hierarchy communities within the performance space by disrupting the boundaries between audience, performer and composer through the use of visual elements and technology.
Amotion presents itself as a group of metallic objects and a large tambourine. The objects are wired to create audio feedback loops, which make them resonate and which are controlled by a patch in Pure Data. This set of connections make the objects in the group hybrid electro-acoustic instruments. An app created with Python allows audience members and musicians to use either their voices or their instruments to interact with the installation while being in the exhibition space or remotely. The app records and analyses these sounds and makes decisions on the reaction of the hybrid electro-acoustic instruments to the surrounding stimuli. The dialogue between the agents involved is based on emotion detection, carried out live by a neural network model embedded in the app, which then sends information to Pure Data for the sound synthesis. The version of Amotion presented at the Werkleitz Festival is a work in progress, while the project will be fully implemented at RIXC in September.
This work was realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms (EMAP) programme at RIXC (LV) with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.