Looking for ways to liven up your festival appearances, fellow visualists? A little audience participation sure doesn’t hurt. Then again, maybe it’s just that those Dutch festival goers are cooler. (Hug a nurse!)

Team Eboman writes us:

At the last Lowlands festival in the Netherlands Eboman made a new composition in collaboration with the audience. With a team he collected videosamples with the audience and impressions of the festival which resulted in the following collaborative video composition of the festival. The tracks were also performed during the festival by Eboman in his SenSorSuit.

dSenSorSuit = played by Eboman Camera = played by Mascha Rutten Software = SenS IV by www.smadsteck.nl For more info visit: www.eboman.info/projects

Whether this is your gig or not, I really like seeing people interacting with a visualist and having a good time. And I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of ways people can get involved in live performance. Visualists aren’t to blame, anyway — I think the DJ trend, not computer musicians or artists, is really what drove the performer behind a piece of hardware and away from connecting with the audience. It’s not always a bad thing, but it’s good to actually make the choice in your performance and remember what your options are.

And there’s certainly nothing wrong with making people smile.

I’m working on an Eboman interview; stay tuned.