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     50.All Hands

All Hands


Rewa Wright and Simon Howden / Australia
University of New South Wales


When we wave at machines, do they also wave back? "All Hands" is a software assemblage that explores this question, arranging a human hand so that it co- emerges on screen with a machinic conspirator it must trace to activate a shifting topology of ambient sound and light. The participant sits in front of a screen showing a minimal real time environment: a fractionally shimmering curtain of light. As they raise their hands above the Leap Motion controller, a multitude of virtual hands appear on the screen, and the participant needs to use a meshwork of sensory skills ( embodied reflexes, micromovements, vision, and proprioception) to track and disentangle.