Synopticon : Robert Pepperell / Miles Visman / Dianne Harris / Coldcut / Stuart Warren-Hill
As part of the JAM exhibition of Style, Music and Media at the Barbican Art Gallery, London in 1996 Hex were commissioned to produce an interactive audio visual piece called 'Synopticon'.
Synopticon was conceived by Robert Pepperell as a digital culture synthesiser in which the user can 'remix' sounds, images, text and music in a partially random, partially controlled way. Audiovisual material was stored on a computer in 6 categories: Sport, Art, Sex, Technology, Nature and Ideas. The media was sequenced in random order by the computer and the user influenced the choice and arrangement of clips by pressing one of 6 buttons on a console. At the same time a musical backdrop was generated by randomly accessing and sequencing a large libary of sounds.
Concept : Robert Pepperell
Coding : Miles Visman
Console Design : Dianne Harris
Commissioned by: Barbican Gallery
Additional material : Coldcut / Stuart Warren-Hill