Journey Through The Senses International Exhibition

Los Angeles, Spring 2022


Creating Art and Music Through Sensor technology

Tim Thompson is the Curator of the Sensor Technology page.

Interactive art installations and instruments using sensor technology can be uniquely appropriate for a neurodiverse audience.  I use the phrase “casual instrument”, analogous to a casual game, to describe things with natural and intuitive interfaces that allow someone to express their creativity with no learning curve or other barriers to entry.  Finger painting is a good example.  You don’t need to teach someone to finger paint because it has such a natural interface, and yet with practice and creativity it can even lead to performance art like sand painting.  With new technology (sensors or otherwise), there is a natural tendency to replicate in a digital realm the things we’re already familiar with.  That’s fine to a point, but as sensor technology continues to advance, my vision for interactive art and casual instruments is a much bolder exploration of the possibilities, and socializing these to a wider and more diverse audience.