Excerpts from performance at
“Clicks or Mortar”, Tyneside Cinema, March 2009
curated by Ed Carter / The Pixel Palace, thepixelpalace.org
see installation footage at vimeo.com/3576457
“Body Paint” by Mehmet Akten is an interactive installation and performance allowing users to paint on a virtual canvas with their body, interpreting gestures and dance into evolving compositions.
Custom software analyzes live feed from infra-red cameras in real-time, and converts shape and motion into colors, drips and brush-strokes. The software was written in C++ using the open-source toolkit openFrameworks and computer vision library openCV.
The installation is designed to work with any number of people and is scalable to cover small or large areas. The interaction is very simple - movement creates paint. Hidden in the simplicity, are many layers of subtle details. Different aspects of the motion - size, speed, acceleration, curvature, distance all have an effect on the outcome - strokes, splashes, drips, spirals - and is left up to the users to play and discover.
While the installation is suitable for a single user, when multiple users are present a new dynamic emerges between people. A user-to-user interaction is born when the audience start playing with each other through the installation, throwing virtual paint at each other, trying to splash their friends, working collaboratively to create shared artwork, or mischievously trying to vandalize others' work.
Snow is a real rarity here in Tokyo - maybe once a year and mostly only for a moment. This winter, it happened this week at night and I couldn't resist taking my GH1 and walking a little bit around, just in the neighbourhood, because after one hour everything was gone again ;-))
No umbrella, no tripod, just took the camera and my jacket for not being too late. So, this film is shaky, just some various shots near my house within less than one hour, my GH1 completely covered with snow as well as I. It was REALLY snowing !!! Even the GH1 is officially not waterproofed, it survived.
Shot with a Canon FL 58 mm 1.2 always at f=2 and a Canon FL 19 mm 3.5R full open. I should have done some WB corrections, because the temperature of the electric light is everywhere different, but it was dark and my hands were freezing. It was just for fun anyway ... and for conserving this rare moment somehow ... snow in Tokyo.
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a short film about illegal street race from Istanbul/Turkey. also starring; Ferrari F430, Porsche 911 Turbo S & 2x Nissan Skyline GT-R. vimeo.com/93215143
Check out my Italy Time Lapse:
I have a 10 minute high def film shot in Chicago at night with only found light. Well maybe a few flash lights for fill once in a while. Its pretty gorilla but people have called it beautiful.
Let me know if you can post it.