(See also this related video of visitor interactions: vimeo.com/111864451, and this screen-captured video of additional scenes: vimeo.com/126833147)
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.
The installation consists of a kiosk into which the user inserts their hand, and a touchscreen display which reveals their reimagined hand—defamiliarized through a variety of dynamic, structural alterations. In the presentation shown here, at the 2014 Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, the kiosk is accompanied by a large rear-projection.
Some twenty scenes (transformations) have been developed, with more planned. This video presents live demonstrations of ten different scenes from the installation, including:
• "Plus One" (0:06): The hand obtains an additional finger.
• "Minus One" (0:16): The hand has one finger omitted.
• "Variable Finger Length" (0:22): The fingers' length changes over time.
• "Meandering Fingers" (0:28): The fingers take on a life of their own.
• "Procrustes" (0:36): All fingers are made the same length.
• "Lissajous" (0:44): The palm is warped in a periodic way.
• "Breathing Palm" (0:52): The palm inflates and deflates.
• "Vulcan Salute" (1:00): The third and fourth fingers are cleaved.
• "Angular Exaggeration" (1:03): Finger angles are amplified.
• "Springers" (1:12): Finger movements are exaggerated by springy physics.
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.
Videography: Caitlin R. Boyle
Camera: Gerlinde de Geus, courtesy Cinekid Festival.
Music: The Jesse Stiles 3000. Used with permission.
Code repository: github.com/CreativeInquiry/digital_art_2014
Contact: @golan (Twitter) or email@example.com