CTRL-SPACE INSTALLATION

CNTRL-SPACE
CNTRL-SPACE by UF alumnus Patrick Pagano is an interactive digital projection environment exhibit that explores the illusion of control in a technocratic society. The exhibit is free and open to the public Mondays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 11, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
CNTRL-SPACE enables visitors to affect the images that are projected onto the walls in University Gallery. The exhibit allows for "magic phrases" to be input into the system via gallery visitors’ smartphones that search the internet and are used to produce an instant full screen collage of images. Using web APIs that are freely available online for a variety of image sourcing sites, the experience is immediately connective and is an illusion of control. In addition, the installation visitors may move projected 3D surfaces that the images are visually mapped onto via touch-sensitive devices placed in the gallery. This makes for an indulgent, participatory art making experience for the visitor.
“CNTRL-SPACE is an aggregation of different elements of interactive projection design environments I have been working on since 2005,” said Pagano. “Inspired by one of my visual art gurus, Marian Zazeela, I began to construct abstract sound and light environments for visitors to interact with via touch sensitive midi controllers, smart phones and tablets. The installation culminates about 10 years of projection design work and I present it with great joy for Creative B.”

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CNTRL-SPACE is an interactive digital projection environment exhibit that explores the Illusion of Control in a technocratic society. It enables the visitor to affect the images that are projected onto a variable number of projection surfaces and screens dependent upon the space available. It allows for "magic phrases" to be input into the system via gallery visitor’s smartphones that search the internet and are used to produce an instant full screen collage of images. Using web APIs that are freely available online for a variety of image sourcing sites the experience is immediate connective and is an illusion of control. In addition, the installation visitors may move projected 3D surfaces that the aforementioned images are visually mapped onto via touch sensitive devices placed in the gallery space. This makes for an indulgent, participatory art making experience for the visitor.

CNTRL-SPACE also addresses the idea of surveillance based upon current technologies provided by super company Microsoft using their messianic gesture device, the Kinect. The visitors to the space are watched as they watch, marked as they are marked, and recorded as they record the experience. This data is secretly applied then input into the CNTRL-SPACE system to adjust the placement of a final snapshot, i.e. how the environment will appear upon the exit of the visitor from the CNTRL-SPACE. This is the image that will greet the next visitor upon entrance into the CNTRL-SPACE.

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