(Installation documentation by Sunjoy Prakaran, Sound design by Tim Cowie)
Spectacle of Change is a portrait study created during my residency at the ScreenLab in MediaCityUK, hosted by the University of Salford and organized by Kit Turner and Elliot Woods.
Along with fellow resident Memo Atken, we spent five days experimenting with the displays in Egg space at the UoS MediaCityUK campus. The space contains an array of high resolution Christie MicroTile displays. We were invited to explore ideas around the "future of broadcast".
I became interested in a community of artists at the Islington Mill where I was staying. The artists had varied backgrounds and disciplines, but in all our conversations spoke about how digital and networked culture was influencing their practice and visual aesthetics.
I spent a day at the Mill interviewing and taking video portraits. With custom software built in openFrameworks and drawing from the RGBDToolkit system, the artists' images are rendered live across all the displays while their words playback in the space.
The three column displays provide unique perspectives on the portraits. The virtual camera angles are continually shifting to provide different view on the same moment in time. Realtime software playback on microtiles is a perfect format for this wireframe visual aesthetic, as the lines appear crisp and bright even when just inches from the screen.
The large central display provides an abstracted view of the artist standing in their studio, and using a Kinect sensor and head tracking, corrects the perspective in real time to create the illusion of viewing the space through a window. (thanks to Elliot Woods for the clever head tracking system!)
The RGBDToolkit (rgbdtoolkit.com) is created with support from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Eyebeam NYC.
This abstract digital landscape served as the backdrop for Rag & Bone's FW21012 Show during New York Fashion Week in February.
Using the industrial interior of Pier 57 as our source material and canvas, we visualized the combination of Scarlet RED footage with depth sensor data using the RBGDToolkit (rgdbtoolkit.com + rgbd.tumblr.com/).
Expanding on my research and experimentation with interaction design, I have developed a live video art installation that explores video-graphic portraiture through the use of new media technology. The piece demonstrates further exploration into live feedback loops, and research into illusive depth and visual perception.
The volumetric portraits are created through the use of the RGBDToolkit (rgbdtoolkit.com/). Sequences composed from the toolkit are then imported into TouchDesigner (A live visual programming environment - derivative.ca/) the swiss army knife of video, for developing the installation piece.
The piece is installed in an out-of-commission commercial kitchen in Wellington, New Zealand, making use of the clean white surfaces in one of the large walk in chillers.
The intention of the piece is to completely transform the sterile industrial setting, and create a new immersive environment that provides the illusion of added depth, as well as synthesis between your eyes and ears.