Quassine / Claire Cical
TEST-SOI[KI+MSM] is a collection of sessions recorded live throughout the summer of 2022. The artist is using the Sensory Overload Interface (SOI) to achieve a meditation state, using an overflow of sensory data.
This interface is composed of a Kinesthetic Instrument (KI) and a software running in Mirror Stage Mode (MSM).
The Kinesthetic Instrument is a tactile board with a soft touch. It's only reactive to pressure and won’t recall any value. It needs to be constantly stimulated to act. It controls all aspects of the software.
The Mirror Stage Mode of the software is distorting the image of the artist, as she faces it. The sound is crushed and processed to the brink of failure. Matter comes from pure sine waves or samples, depending on the mood. The continuous flow of discrete data produces glitches and jumps.
The sessions aim to attain a state of trance and ego dissolution - similar to hypnosis. The tactile board allows to bypass the brain in the control of the machine.
The recording is taking place in real time, without any further editing, other than slicing. The quality of low-resolution accounts for the limitations encountered by the material, especially during the heat-waves.