SJANSMACHINE is an interactive photo-installation that works with realtime images and face detection software. The aim of this installation is to bring people closer together in a playfull way. Like many social networking tools on the internet, Sjansmachine enables you to connect with other people. It plays with the idea that the virtual world is replacing our social life and therefore wants people to connect in the real world again. This project is a collaboration between Eindhoven based artists Rolf van Gelder, Carmin Karasic and Olga Mink.
The custom software takes a picture of the face in the booth. The photo is instantly seen on the projections (one face per square). The images are constantly animated. During M.A.T.C.H mode the machine doesn't upload any pictures, but displays its match in front of the live audience. When Sjansmachine is back in "chance-mode" you can step into the photobooth again.
The projections are mapped onto 24 translucent plexy glass squares, hanging from the ceiling. The projection area is 6 meters (=19.7 feet) wide and 1 meter (=3.3 feet) high.
1 x Mac (or PC)
1 x web cam
1 x pair of computer speakers
3 x projectors
1 x tripleHead
3 x videocables for the projectors
24 x sanded plexi glass tiles
1 x photobooth
2 x spotlights for faces (max 15 WATT)