VARIANT is a new system for generative audiovisual art created by visualist Joshue Ott and composer Kenneth Kirschner. Each work in the Variant series brings together interactive visuals by Ott, indeterminate music by Kirschner, and a unique mix of chance and user input to create an ever-changing, ever-evolving audiovisual experience. Every Variant piece tightly integrates abstract visuals and sound into an immersive interactive artwork that explores new possibilities in interaction design and generative art.
Works created with the Variant system are realized through a variety of media, from iOS apps, to live audiovisual performances, to interactive public art installations. Four Variant apps – variant:flare, variant:blue, variant:SONiC and variant:cascade – are currently available from Apple’s App Store for iPad/iPhone, with a fifth (variant:breaker) in the final stages of development and more planned as part of the ongoing series. The Variant system is also ideally adapted for interactive installation projects: Ott & Kirschner regularly create audiovisual installations using the Variant pieces, ranging from large-scale, immersive environments that use multiple iPads, projectors / LED arrays, and multichannel sound systems, to simpler installations based around a single iPad with headphones, as well as everything in between; the system can be easily scaled to a variety of gallery, museum, and public art contexts. Recent Variant-based works have included projects for Eyebeam, the American Composers Orchestra, the Gina Gibney Dance Company, New York City’s South Street Seaport, and the NY Tech Meetup. Ott & Kirschner have presented the Variant system at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and most recently created a new public art installation, variant:breaker, for Times Square.
Hardware and Software Used:
Variant consists entirely of custom-designed software. The system runs on iOS devices, and technologies used for installation realizations of Variant have included iPads, projectors, LED arrays and multichannel sound systems.