[See also this demonstration video: vimeo.com/golanlevin/augmentedhandseries]
The "Augmented Hand Series" (by Golan Levin, Chris Sugrue, and Kyle McDonald, 2014) is a real-time, interactive software system that presents playful, dreamlike, and uncanny transformations of its visitors' hands. This video documents interactions with the system by attendees of the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, October 2014.
The installation consists of a kiosk into which the participant inserts their hand, and a touchscreen which 'reveals' their hand—reimagined and defamiliarized by various structural and dynamic alterations. The kiosk is accompanied by a large rear-projection which duplicates the smaller touchscreen.
The Augmented Hand Series was commissioned by the Cinekid Festival with support from the Mondriaan Fund. Developed at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University with additional support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier. Concept and software development: Golan Levin, Chris Sugrue, Kyle McDonald. Software assistance: Dan Wilcox, Bryce Summers, Erica Lazrus. Conceived 2004; developed 2013-2014.
Developed in openFrameworks (OF), a free, open-source toolkit for arts engineering. Special thanks to Paulien Dresscher, Eyeo Festival, Zach Lieberman, Simon Sarginson, Theo Watson, Elliot Woods.
Camera: Golan Levin
Videography: Caitlin R. Boyle
Music: The Jesse Stiles 3000. Used with permission.
Code repository: github.com/CreativeInquiry/digital_art_2014
Contact: @golan (Twitter) or firstname.lastname@example.org