// The addon for openFrameworks we developed for the project "ofxOpenNIOSC" is released open source : https://github.com/robertdiel/ofxOpenNIOSC //
The Stranger installation is an immersive, interactive experiment brought to life by physical computing and open source technologies. The piece is a critique of the illusion of anonymity on the Internet and how easily personal information is available.
The piece creates a dialogue between the user and a digital avatar, the user speaks to the installation and the installation speaks back using visuals, sounds and live social personal information.
It’s all about discovering and daring this giant face as you move towards it.
After entering your name and keywords on a smartphone/tablet, the experience becomes centered on the user privacy. From a distance, a swarm of whispers surrounds the user, putting an emphasis on the constant gossiping nature of online communication. As the user approaches, the whispers dissolve and the sound becomes more intense. The face stares at the user while it emerges from the dark and an increasing amount of live, publicly available personal information from Twitter and Facebook is revealed to the audience.
I created this experimental installation at Digital Kitchen http://thisisdk.com/ , in partnership with Robert Diel (DK Creative Technologist) during my time in Chicago.
We started developing a system for physical computing and interactive installation using a blend of OpenSource technologies and live audiovisual softwares : Ableton, Unity3D, OpenFrameworks (ofxOpenNI, ofxJSON, ofxOSC, ofxSpeech). We used OpenNI through OpenFrameworks to drive Kinect skeletal information to the rest of the components using the OSC protocol. Skeletal data control Ableton for the sound and Unity3D for the visuals. oF sets an x,y,z depth box and pulls social network statuses and names for the text-to-speech capability according to the position of the user in space.
This experimental installation was built using 2 wooden frames (4x4x8 ft), 100 yards of tulle fabric and a 720p short-throw projector, all running on a single Mac Pro.
Whisper track recorded in 3 languages from Albert Camus “The Stranger” (L’Etranger) - Canon 5D EF 40mm 1.4f
Maxence Parache (AD, Design, Creative Technology) & Robert Diel (Creative Technology)
Producer : Brian Fox
ECD : Camm Rowland
Thanks - Joe Ball, Dan Johnston, Craig Benedict Valentine Badynee, Kelly Spence