I am familiar with many coding languages. I am proficient in Max/MSP and PureData, two visual coding languages. These languages have become my tools for expressing landscape architecture. I use them to create the space for moments to happen. They become translators and transcribers; a gateway between the digital and physical landscape with the aid of devices such as the Ardiuno.
Visual Imagery is a powerful tool to convey emotion. This power can be harnessed in a live performance setting to add another dimension of experience. I have been working with live visuals since 2013 using a variety of software platforms.
My love of music has led me to express that joy through DJing. There is a power in setting the tone of the room through music and sound.
Be it music or soundscapes, I've been experimenting with creating sounds on a variety of platforms. Sound cues can help shape one's perception of their environment, and thus becomes a powerful, but often underused tool in landscape design.
I often use a blend of photography, hand drawing/painting, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to bring my ideas to live. This results in a "quick and dirty" style with a focus on sharing experiential qualities rather than recreating lifelike renderings. I have focused on creating vivid night scenes and dynamic lighting.
My most recent work has involved mapping environmental factors such as sound levels and light levels. I also have experience working with GIS on several different software platforms. I have a keen interest in mapping less tangible qualities of a space. This stems from the readings of Lawrence Halpren's RSVP Cycles. Looking at the world through the context of a score is a fascinating way to connect these less tangibles site factors with environmental and social process.
I engage with performance through DJing and through my live visual work. But performance has also been strongly connected to my landscape architecture research. Inspired by the work of the late John Cage, I found myself particularly drawn to his composition 4'33". To the untrained listener, this piece is four and a half minutes of silence. This silence allows the sounds of the room to occupy the consciousness of an audience acutely primed for listening. I extrapolated his idea of place driven performance and explored the potential when it is taken out of a performance hall and placed in the streets of the city.
To engage with sensors and coding in a live, outdoor context, it is critical to understand the environmental "parameters" of a given site. It became necessary to study a site through the use of sensors. This type of site analysis reveals a different palate of data than more typical analysis methods.
I use photography as a means of capturing the visual qualities of places and spaces. The subject of my work tends to focus on finding patterns and examining the micro scale of these places.
copyright Michael Lucenkiw 2014