Stemming from an interest in replacing computational effects with natural ones, I paradoxically created an overly complicated, unnatural natural system that hides behind the veil of the familiar Photoshop user interface. As the beach ball spins and the user waits for the computer to finish, it is actually triggering physical movement and reactions in a remote location to “compute” the resulting effect.
The Really Real filter system consists of a custom-written Photoshop filter plugin which sends the image to a remote computer which displays it on its screen, creates a physical, visible effect over the screen, snaps a photo, and sends it back to the user, none the wiser.
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