A Deal with the Pigeons is an art installation. Pigeons are everywhere in New York and we often ignore them. We consider them to be pests, contributing nothing to our environment, sometimes referred to as “rats with wings”. However it is important for us to learn how to coexist with other species. By seeing their footprints, it encourages us to interact with the pigeons, to rethink the relationship between human, animal and the space they deserve. The installation is a way to give pigeons a stage in the City of New York.
The context is the city of New York, specifically Washington Square Park
The content is the motion of the pigeons as they move around the canvas and eat from the different bowls
The Kinect senses depth of the pigeons - the thresholds are set to both eliminate noise from the surrounding area and to not pick up a bird that flys between the camera and the platform. Each pigeon is detected as a blob and every movement it makes is recorded as a tracked blob. We use the coordinates of the tracked blob to draw the feet. Color is randomly assigned.
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