The Dreamer is alive. This illuminated sculpture summons the spirits of Albert Einstein and other free thinkers, speaking to us from across space and time. Their faces appear on an translucent mask through the magic of rear-projected video, which brings them to life as if they were right in front of you.
The Dreamer’s face keeps transforming, showing fleeting characters and images, evoking memories and ideas that can move us and transform our lives. My goal is to make us more aware of how characters like these can influence us and change the way we perceive the world around us.
I’ve been prototyping The Dreamer for a few months now, and this interactive art project is coming along really well. I started by projecting photos against blank party masks, then creating clay sculptures of flattened faces, vacuum-forming them, and rear-projecting videos of talking heads inside our new translucent plastic masks.
The effect is surreal, and this art piece seems to be breaking new ground. There are so many ways it can go now. Next steps include adding some interactivity, so you can query the spirits or spark different moods -- as well as shooting and acquiring more talking head videos. We will present The Dreamer in a kiosk for art exhibits, as well as in the Time Machine we are building at Pataphysical Studios.
See more photos of our first prototypes in this Dreamer album: flickr.com/photos/fabola/albums/72157674887503188
Learn more on our project page: fabriceflorin.com/2018/10/25/dreamer
Animated video of Albert Einstein published by BlueCollarScience: youtube.com/watch?v=td2SReWxogY
Learn more about Einstein’s speech, The Common Language of Science: openculture.com/2013/03/listen_as_albert_einstein_reads_the_common_language_of_science_1941.html