Monkey C Interactive is the work of Scott Amos and David Parfit. Together they’ve created nearly a dozen interactive installations including The Philliphone beer bottle organ (on display at Phillips Brewery), Pentralux: a motion-reactive LED painting wall, and the Bubble Organ. Their projects have been experienced at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Limbic Media, TEDx Victoria, as well as Rifflandia, Bass Coast, Victoria Film, Otherworld, Spark and Resonance Festivals. If you’ve ever witnessed a playful interactive tech-based art installation in Victoria, there’s a good chance Monkey C Interactive had a hand in it.
David Parfit: email@example.com
Sound composition, performance, propagation, perception and the emotions these trigger are at the heart of David’s creative expression and inspiration. In the beginning it was as simple as the creation and manipulation of sound on digital devices, producing music and sound for static media and soon evolved to experimentation with computer-performer interaction using software such as Max and Csound. Because of his computer science background, he found himself trying to bridge the gap between music and the technology he was using professionally, and earned a Master’s degree in Music Technology in the process. Much of his education manifests itself in an ability to further utilize technology in the process of realizing music for film and television. Somewhat recently, interactive microcontroller technology has caught his attention and allows him to explore not just performer-computer interaction, but interaction with people other than the creators and performers – creating inclusive art. It is this turn that has inspired the last years worth of interactive art projects, each increasing in scope and complexity. David’s audio work can be found at http://www.davidparfit.com
Scott Amos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott’s work has always been influenced by technology. When a friend dropped a Super 8 projector and some old home movies on his front porch one day, he took those films, chopped them up, and created a narrative with them. When a 16mm Bolex camera came into his possession, his explorations turned to 16mm film. He taught myself, with the help of a still-photographer, how to process black and white film. Then he began experimenting with chemicals and paints on the films, scratching at the emulsion, exploring the physicality of film, and its structural aesthetics. But his fascination with technology also goes the other way in time. With each new piece of technology begins a whole new exploration. A thrift-store musical keyboard became an experiment in circuit bending, creating new, interesting and unintended sounds. Old video cameras, often broken, have created interesting visual results. When he learned that MIDI could be used to mix video in real time, he began experimenting with it, and learned how to build MIDI controllers. The introduction of micro-controllers into his toolkit changed the trajectory of his artistic exploration into interactive work. Each new technology, whether from the past or present, has helped me him learn, explore, and create, and has inspired and shaped his artistic output. His film and video work can be found at http://www.oilyfilms.com.