Stelios Manousakis & Ping-Hsiang Chen (NL/GR/UK/TW): The water within (Hertzian Field #3)

Public baths have been an integral part of the social network of many cultures – a place to meet, talk, listen, socialize, meditate. The water within is an interactive sound and hot steam installation; it proposes new ways of social engagement inside a contemporary bathhouse through a re-imagination of its form, function, and experience. The water within (Hertzian Field #3) is an intimate, immersive, multi-sensory environment that uses a new sensing technique developed by Stelios Manousakis. Inspired by radio astronomy and obscure surveillance research, the system analyzes the interference patterns of ordinary WiFi waves to detect and respond to the flow of water molecules in the space – those of the steam, and those within the bodies of visitors.

Created for Modern Body Festival 2016: I/WE/THEY (The Hague).

Concept, interaction, sound, programming, steam: Stelios Manousakis
Space design: Ping-Hsiang Chen, Stelios Manousakis
Skin design & fabrication: Stephanie Pan
Speaker cabin design: Dionysis Manousakis, Stelios Manousakis
Fabrication: Ping-Hsiang Chen, Dave Kalle, Gijs Thermorshuizen, Djurre Kooistra, Johannes Fischer, Stelios Manousakis

Reactive sound, steam & electromagnetic environmennt

2 & 3 December


Paviljoen Baruch (Gemak)

Sauna Series
Sense Immersion


Stelios Manousakis
Ping-Hsiang Chen




Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR) is an artist exploring relationships between time, space, body, system, and sound. His work is particularly concerned with the invisible and the ephemeral, and with shaping sensation, perception and experience in time. His practice lies in the convergence zones of art, philosophy, science and engineering; it extends from performances, to environments and interactive installations, to compositions, fixed media pieces, and film music. Besides his solo work, he has co-founded several music and multimedia groups, and most recently the intermedial Modern Body Festival. Stelios studied music and linguistics in Greece, Sonology in the Netherlands, and is currently finishing a PhD in Visual and Performing Arts at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media.


Ping-Hsiang Chen (UK/TW) is an architect and computational designer specializing in parametric design, environmental simulation and multi-media communication in London. Ping-Hsiang completed his RIBA Part 1 and Part2 at AA school of Architecture and has a master degree in Architecture and Digital Media at the University of Westminster, London. He is the co-founder of DEZACT and founder of [IN] Morph Lab, a research based studio where he explores computational design, digital media and fabrication in architecture. He has taught computational design and design studio at Shih Chein University in Taiwan, and AA visiting school in Israel. He is a workshop teaching fellow at Digital Prototyping Lab at Architectural Association School of Architecture and a digital fabrication consultant across UK and Taiwan. His architectural- and art-works have been showcased and exhibited internationally.