What if, in the dead of a winter, a seesaw could take you to summer?

A blustering winter landscape is accompanied by a seesaw in the center of the room. When two individuals start teetering back and forth, they control a wave of summertime imagery that soars and stretches across the wall. This is surreal therapy for those of us suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The interaction is controlled by a wireless accelerometer placed on the seesaw. The main program was developed in openFrameworks, the visuals in After Effects, and the accelerometer communicates with the system via Arduino and a Processing application.

Created in Big Screens, a class at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, this was initially designed for the IAC's 120 x 11 ft video wall, composed of 22 projectors controlled by 3 separate computers. The piece has since been redesigned to work with a single projector, making it practical to display in locations outside of the IAC.

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