From the lab: ID-12 RFID reader

ID-12 RFID reader to bluetooth, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

(More images of ID-12 in the lab here)

I have had the chance to work with the ID-12 RFID reader for a couple of days. It is very small, very cheap and easy to use. I have tested it connected to a arduino microcontroller, to a computer with a usb-serial adapter and wirelessly to a computer with a bluetooth modem.
You can find a code example for maxmsp + schematics on how to hook up the reader here.


I have added a resources page, accessible from the top right corner (next to bio and about).

This is a list of software and hardware I use or explore, relevant books, articles, and other media, and also  some code and schematics from my own project.

The queen is the supreme power

The queen is the supreme power 2, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

(Slideshow from the rehearsals and performances here)

My latest collaboration with Yannis Kyriakides is a piece based on old telegraph code books. I use scanned pages combined with microscope texture from these books and project onto the orchestra from two sides, using the musicians as screens in combination with a wide screen behind, trying to create a dynamic space using text fragments and letters as projected light.

It is a coproduction between ZKM in Karlsruhe and Musikfabrik in Cologne, and is performed may 17th in Cologne and on the 18th at ZKM.


The Aleph installation reminded me of the installation Cloud that David Rokeby recently completed.

Cloud is a monumental kinetic installation hanging suspended in the Great Hall at the Ontario Science Centre. One hundred identical sculptural elements, arranged in ten by ten grid, are rotated at slightly differing speeds by computer-controlled motors. The elements slowly shift in and out of synchronization. When the motors are just out of sync, huge waves ripple across the space. When completely in sync, the work appears almost solid then suddenly almost invisible. When far out of sync, the sculptural elements float in apparent chaos. “


IMG_9884, originally uploaded by we-make-money-not-art.

Aleph is a kinetic reflection display system by Bengt Sjölén and Adam Somlai-Fischer. A matrix of motorized mirrors.

Read more at we-make-money-not-art or directly at the aleph website

Synk at Dansstationen in Malmö

Synk, originally uploaded by hc gilje.

On Friday May 4th, I perform the piece Synk with Kreutzerkompani and Justin Bennett on sound. Synk was originally made in 2002 for the Ultima festival, but has been played quite a few times the last five years.

The idea of Synk was that no prerecorded video or audio would be used, only material sampled during the performance was allowed, to investigate live as raw material : to impose a structure on a live situation to allow for unpredictable results within that frame structure.

It creates a dialogue between the physical space on stage and the mediated space from the screen and speakers, and the relation between the memory and the present of a space.

More info on Kreutzerkompani and Justin Bennett

More images from Synk (click on the small images)


The lamentation of Orpheus

The Lamentations of Orpheus by Åsa Unander-Scharin

image from webstage

Amanda Steggell sent me info about this project from 1996, by choreographer Åsa Unander-Scharin: The lamentation of Orpheus.

A industrial robot dances to the music of Claudio Monteverdi, quite beautiful really.

You can see a small quicktime of it here, and read more about the project at Unander-Scharin´s website.