Marco Pinter

Shaping a Symphony
Hear what art sounds like 

An artist and computer scientist, Marco Pinter connects technology, engineering, art, science, movement and music in his pieces and performances. At the Museum, Pinter will develop “Symphonic Picnic,” an interactive exhibit that uses computer vision technology to translate art into music. As part of the exhibition, visitors will be invited to create their own shapes in a variety of colors and work with Pinter to witness how subtleties in their design affect sound.

Open Studios

During open studios visitors are encouraged to stop by, play with the work and chat with the artist. Come back again and again to see how the work changes over time.

Thursday, October 22
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27 
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 29
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 12
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday, December 11
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. 


Come to one of these drop-in workshop sessions to engage in a hands-on project with Marco! Utilizing Marco's' piece, create your own shapes and learn how subtleties in design affect sound. 

Sunday, October 25
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Friday, October 30
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Friday, November 13
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

"Symphonic Picnic" Party

Saturday, December 12
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate with us as we conclude Marco’s residency! Come hear what art sounds like using Marco’s "Symphonic Picnic" installation. Enjoy snacks, meet the artist, create your own shapes and play music in collaboration with other visitors and artists. 

About the Exhibition

How does “Symphonic Picnic” work?

Computer technology analyzes each shape on the table and translates it into a rhythm that mimics the shape. The rhythms are combined, added to an ambient background loop and played through speakers. The sound is generated from an area of the room relative to the shape’s position on the table.

Why a “picnic?”

For millennia, music has been created by sitting around a fire. “Symphonic Picnic” recreates this atmosphere by inviting participants to sit around the glowing table to create their own music using shapes.

What inspires “Symphonic Picnic?”

The piece draws on the famous “kiki/bouba” experiments, which showed participants two shapes and asked them which one was kiki and which one was bouba. The majority of participants selected kiki as the sharp object and bouba as the round object. This phenomenon has been seen in children as young as two, suggesting that the human brain somehow attaches abstract meanings to shapes and sounds in a consistent way. 

About the Artist

Marco Pinter creates artwork and performances that fuse physical kinetic form with live visualizations. He has a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California, San Barbara, and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He has exhibited artwork and performances at cities around the world, including Dubai, New York, Montreal, Tehran, Hong Kong, Anaheim, San Diego and Santa Barbara. He is an inventor on over 70 patents, issued and pending, in the areas of live video technology, robotics, interactivity and telepresence. For more information about Marco Pinter, please click here. 

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