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An interactive installation that encourages the user to adopt the role of performer. It is an immersive, abstract mirror that offers an alternati… Read More
An interactive installation that encourages the user to adopt the role of performer. It is an immersive, abstract mirror that offers an alternative approach to using the body to communicate emotion. Read Less
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Traces
Traces is an interactive installation that was commissioned by The Public in West Bromwich for their Art of Motion exhibtion and produced by Nexus Interactive Arts. The piece encourages the user to adopt the roles of both performer and composer. It is an immersive, abstract mirror that offers an alternative approach to using the body to communicate emotion. Kinect cameras and custom software are used to capture and process movement and form. This data is translated into abstract generative graphics that flow and fill the space offering transient glimpses of the body. An immersive generative soundscape by David Kamp reacts to the user’s presence and motion. Traces relies on continuous movement in space in order to create shadows of activity. Once the performer stops moving, the piece disintegrates over time, and returns to darkness.
The Public is an incredible 5 storey gallery, community centre and creative hub in West Bromwich that is concerned with showcasing the work of interactive artists and local people. My aim was to build an installation that suited not only the theme of the show but the themes of play, discovery and creativity that already permeate the gallery spaces of The Public.

The show runs from 30th May until 9th September. I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in interactive art to take a trip to West Bromwich to visit The Public. In addition to the exhibition there are many other excellent pieces.
Credits

Commissioned by:
The Public

Produced by:
Nexus Interactive Arts

Sound design:
David Kamp

Built using openFrameworks

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Tags
Interactive, installation, art, motion, Kinect, openFrameworks, Computer vision