(Amir Hossein Oliaee, Yasaman Norouzi, Pedram Karimi)
“Beware of the touch, revealing what you are and not what you seem to be!” The plum tree is a living organism with music as its beating heart. It senses your presence without any sensor modules and it can take many forms. It can be an installment you interact with; an instrument you play or even a social experiment you participate in. “Listen to the trees outside trading information; you know they’re just like us!” —The Plum Album The plum tree, as an interactive installation, does not rely on traditional methods of participation. With the help of micro controllers, sensory inputs (touch and proximity) are used to form a three dimensional MIDI-controller. There won’t be a need for a button or key to press nor a string to pluck: the music is unveiled by exploring the space around you, as if the music is there all along waiting to be found and forged. The participant is given one simple instruction: “Thou shall not touch the plum tree!” which encourages one not to follow it. There is no proper way of doing it: it is just your mood turning into melody.
Heterorganum (Amir-Hossein Oliaee, Yasaman Norouzi, Pedram Karimi)
Amir-Hossein Oliaee (b. 1994, Mashhad, Iran) has received his MFA from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. He started writing algorithms and web programs early on, and after enrolling in university, he continued them in an architectural context. He also works in the field of digital art, microcontrollers, and AI. As a member of Helioripple studio, he has worked on projects such as “The Plum Tree,” which is an interactive project in the field of DNA and AI.
Yasaman Norouzi (b. 1989, Isfahan, Iran) has received his MFA from Shahid Beheshti University. Because of his interest in digital and interactive arts, she has been working on microcontrollers and AI. She has also worked as a teaching assistant at universities as well as programming and digital modeling and fabrication courses. As a member of Helioripple studio, she has worked on various projects such as “The Plum Tree,” which is an interactive project in the field of DNA and AI.
Pedram Karimi (b. 1992, Tehran, Iran) has a BA in Architecture. His research and projects are generally on urban dynamic systems and digital modeling and fabrication. He is one of the founders of 3Dfast, an online computerized production and 3D printing service. His interest in electronic music as well as digital modeling and fabrication has attracted him to experiment in interdisciplinary fields, with a focus on the relationships between space, volume, and sound. Instances of these experiences include Soundscape Workshops in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, with the aim of finding the relation between form, sound, and translating sound into tangible form