This artwork was commissioned by NZ Post for the Auckland Arts Festival 2011. 'Noise Ink' is a pseudo 2D fluid/ink animation system which responds to body movement via a Kinect camera. The body movement detected would affect optical flow and perlin noise algorithms which in turn moved a cloud of ink-ish particles.
Anyone could come and play in the garden, body movement generated ink splash visuals on a 15m projection screen and stereo sounds. The artwork was installed at Aotea Square which ran every night from dusk till dawn for 3 weeks. A 3.5x3.5m garden area was setup with surrounding red picket fences and a post box (housing a Kinect camera for motion detection).
It was great watching the process of people hesitantly beginning to interact, then losing their inhibitions the more they play – especially those at the end of their night out. The best thing we found about the project was the way it brought complete strangers together in play.
Special thanks to Mike Hodgson from Dub Module who made this project possible.