PComp Final Project: VOID

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A study on light and space and the intricacies therein.

This project was made by Jordan Backhus, Sergio Mora-Diaz and Oryan Inbar.

VOID is an interactive art installation that manipulates light and physical space through the use of three-dimensional screens, computer-generated images, and sensors. The installation serves to provide an ethereal and experiential interaction arena, in which the installation directly responds visually to the proximities and movements of its user(s).

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Personal Statement

We too often forget the profundity of simplicity. The installation was made in an effort to stimulate emotional complexity and to offer an interactive, uncomplicated user experience through visual simplicity.


Background

The project was highly informed through each artists’ various professional backgrounds and experiences. Through previous work with three-dimensional screens, the artists’ decided that the tulles were the most successful option for their vision. Olafur Elliason and Bill Viola were two artists that inspired the interaction and the visual presentation.

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Audience

The audience is (most likely) the artistically-inclined, but is not limited to such.


User Scenario

The installation is an experience through exploration; the user is invited to explore as they see fit. The installation hopes to engage the user from each and every angle. Although the user cannot penetrate the installation, he/she can walk around its 180 degree diameter.

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Implementation

The installation is suggested as a multi-user experience on a large scale. It is made with the use of Processing, a Kinect sensor, and 32 suspended tulles. The arrangement of the tulles give the visuals the appearance of three-dimensionality in physical space. The effect, overall, is provocative. However, the artists have developed a small-scale version for a one user experience. Either/or can be implemented for the Winter Show.

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