James Stone, M.F.A. candidate in new media in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, and co-founder of Mr. Bricolage, will be presenting the Touchstone Audio Exciter, a mobile audio tool disguised as a glove, at a workshop at the International Symposium for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), Istanbul, Turkey, on September 14, 2011. Founded in 1990 in the Netherlands, ISEA fosters interdisciplinary discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals in the areas of art, science and emerging technologies.
The Touchstone project is a collaboration between Stone and Thomas Asmuth, assistant professor at the University of West Florida. The Touchstone is a glove with an embedded device known as a tactical transducer that can be worn by actors, musicians, activists and everything in between. When the user touches the glove to an object, the object is transformed into a loudspeaker, creating temporary, ad-hoc public address systems. In the ISEA workshop, participants will experiment by building a wearable audio technology device, with the work culminating in a performance. “We are building a social engagement platform,” Stone says. “It is inexpensive, widely available technology, and doesn’t require advanced skills to put together.”
Stone is an artist and University Fellow at Penn State and was recently awarded a summer residency at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities to continue work on his thesis project investigating cyborg plants. He is a graduate of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University and a former Java programmer for 10 years. He was a partner on the Floating World temporary public art project jointly sponsored by the San Jose Arts Commission and the 01sj Art and Technology Festival and also served as faculty for Eyebeam Roadshow at 01sj 2010. Stone, in collaboration with fellow CADRE alumnus Asmuth, created Mr. Bricolage to support the themes of open source, mechatronics, and art.