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Musical performance with live animations shaped by emotional online survey

Artist Adinda van ‘t Klooster creates Affect Formations in collaboration with Durham University

Artist Adinda van ’t Klooster is inviting people to complete an online survey and in doing so contribute to an innovative artwork merging music, science and visual art. The Affect Formations project with the Music Department of Durham University explores the relationship between our emotional response to drawings and musical features through several public performances in the North East.

International artist Adinda van ‘t Klooster is artist in residence at the Durham University Music Department between October 2014 and April 2015. She is collaborating on two artistic research projects, culminating in two live performances.

Within the first project, the artist creates novel electronic soundscapes designed to evoke emotion, and explore the relationship between sound and emotional affect. Professor Tuomas Eerola, leader in the field of emotion and music, will evaluate the emotional response to these soundscapes.  In most previous investigations of music and emotion, Western classical music has dominated, so the use of electronic music is a novelty.

The second project involves the creation of two live audiovisual interfaces with Dr. Nick Collins, Reader in Composition. For the ‘In a State’ performance, a computer captures live audio from an improvising pianist and analyses the emotions expressed in the music.  As the emotions change, so do projected abstract animated graphics, based on drawings by the artist. The pianist is accompanied by a computer agent generating its own music in response and the computer’s music is also visualized with further animated graphics. A second piece uses sensors that record physiological responses like heart rate, brainwaves and perspiration. The artist says: “I will then use this data to estimate what the musicians feel: whether they are tense or calm, happy or sad. Then I visualise these emotions through animated drawings. The aim of this work is to provide innovative ways for the computer and human musicians to improvise together in new emotive ways.”

A research survey that looks at how people rate the emotional expression in abstract graphics, created by the artist, is being used to help determine the choice of visual elements in the performances. Please participate in this online survey here.

Two innovative concerts will take place in the North East, one at Durham University on the 27th of February and a second at the Sage Gateshead on the 19th March 2015. More information on the project can be found at

This residency is made possible by a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence grant and a small grant for the arts from the Arts Council England.

You can Follow the project for updates and the regular blog on Twitter @AffectFormation and on Facebook at Affect Formations.


iARC Intelligent Imaging Workshop 2014

The iARC (Institute of Advanced Research in Computing) Intelligent Imaging workshop 2014 will explore both the imaging knowledge-base and future research potential of imaging scientists, practitioners and end-users in the Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.  The event will be of interest to all academics with an interest in images whether as a research resource or from an image processing and technology perspective.

All interested parties are welcome under the broad “all things image” banner of this event aiming to forge future collaborative links across the broader imaging, image understanding and image utilisation domains.

The workshop will have presentations from colleagues that work with images from various disciplines across the University. The format for the day is to demonstrate the possibilities for research and encourage interdisciplinary discussions.  Breakout sessions will explore themes including the future imaging agenda at Durham,collaborative opportunities and maximising impact. Colleagues attending but not presenting will also be given an opportunity to showcase their work and interest.    There is no charge for this event.

When?                        Tuesday, 15th April 2014, 9.30 – 16.30,

Where?                       Lindisfarne Suite, St Aidens College

A light buffet lunch will be provided

Click here to register for this event  Please note that places are limited,  book early to avoid disappointment!

When registering for the event you will be asked to indicate your current or future interest/activity with images.  The aim is to make this an event that will meet your interests.  The full agenda for the meeting will be published nearer the event.  We are also opening the invitations to colleagues at other N8 Universities so if you have any contacts there that may benefit from this workshop please feel free to forward this mail to them.

We look forward  to welcoming you to this important workshop.

With best wishes,

Ed Ruck-Keene

Ed Ruck-Keene | Impact and Business Development Manager |iARC  Durham University

Latining America and the Brown Imaginary


The Visual and Performance Studies Research Group in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures invites you to attend a talk by Dr Claudia Milian (Romance Studies – Duke University). The talk will be introduced by Dr Hernández Adrián (Durham MLAC)

Wednesday 26 February 2014 – 12.00–2.00 pm, ER207, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet