While we perform our daily software tasks, such as emailing, web browsing or music listening, these tasks are turned into millions of operations that control the computer. They are called system calls.
sys|calls is a live audiovisual installation that reveals this intangible and extraordinary
software activity in real-time.
An artist performs mundane software activities that produce a flow of system calls that are turned into a live artwork. Visuals are generated live and projected on the ground on a 5.5m x 14m surface in the KTH Turbine Hall. Music is generated, in synch with the visuals, and broadcasted through mutliple speakers in the room. The audience is immersed in the vast software activity and can walk in the system calls through the hall or lay inside the inner workings of software. The processes to generate visuals and music live, from the system calls, are programmed specifically for this installation, by the artists.
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sys|calls was designed and developed by Jaime Reyes and the re|thread collective: Erik Natanael Gustafsson, Maria Kling, Roni Kaufman, and Benoit Baudry.