"Swings (simulation)" is a rendering of what the interactive video installation "Swings" will look like in action at the Bring to Light NYC 2011 festival bringtolightnyc.org/. This video was rendered with pre-shot footage of Brooklyn based trapeze artist Cub. In the interactive installation on October 1st, the audience will star in the video and see their bodies in motion projected on the wall above the swing set.
Proposal for Bring to Light:
Swings is a three channel interactive video sculpture in which a motion triggered live feed is manipulated by custom software, utilizing the properties of additive light color mixing to immerse the audience in the process of how we see color and light. The projected video responds and changes in real time, reacting to the bodily interactions of multiple users and creating a visceral physical connection between the moving image and the viewers/participants. As the audience swings on a swing set, their figures in motion appear in the projections, building a figurative abstraction of color and light. Swings (2011) empowers the audience to record their own video and participate in making the artwork rather than passively watching. The interaction of swinging to record the video makes a fun, social and potentially intimate relationship between the audience playing and the video technology.
Technically, the motion of the audience swinging in front of a camcorder triggers a short recording that appears projected on the wall in red, green or blue (the primary colors of light). A theater light and camcorder will be set up in front of the swing set at site P4: Factory Playground Façade. The swing set acts as a stage and prop encouraging playful interaction with the video and light. The three channel video mural plays the 21 most recent videos at once in red, green or blue and creates magenta, cyan and yellow where the colors overlap. The projected figures of the audience swinging are staggered in the digital space of the animated mural. When a new video is recorded it “bumps” the previous video to the right. The movies are saved into a database in the computer. Custom software enables a collaboration between myself and the audience, creating an evolving animated mural, blurring the line between artist, performer, and spectator.
Swings (2011) is related to my previous work Motion Machine (2010), Silly Faces (2010) and Color Exercises (2010) where the recording of live video allows visitors to see themselves projected on the site. These interactive videos invite the creative participation of each viewer. The audience is prompted by stage lighting and props to perform before the camera, reacting to the video as they are processed into its subject. In Swings (2011) and in my prior interactive videos, by combining digital and analog technologies I seek ways my audience can participate in seeing and making videos on a level that physically engages them with the digital media and the perception of color, and light.
We were asked to create a film about bespoke tailoring for the Handmade issue of Wallpaper*. They hooked us up with the famous italian tailors of Brioni. We came up with the idea that a hand would be the ultimate customer to prove the skills and craftmanship of a brand as Brioni.
Commissioned by Wallpaper*
Directors: Lernert & Sander
Produced at White Lodge
Executive Producer: Stephen Whelan
D.O.P.: Ram van Meel
Handmodels: Ashley Khoo, Jacques Drent
Styling: Ferry van der Nat
Carpenter set: Egbert Steenwinkel
Editor: Derek van Egmond
Assistant L&S: David in den Bosch
Post production & sound: The Ambassadors
All pieces by Brioni Master Tailors
Fashion Director: Sébastien Clivaz, Wallpaper*