The Motion Project was a collaboration between a lot of clever creative people working together to create a machine that turns motion into music. The client for the project, Frucor (makers of V energy drink), together with their agency Colenso BBDO, kitted-out a warehouse space for this project to grow in and gathered together a group of talented people from a number of creative fields.
We created and designed the live visual spectacle with a music video being produced from the results. We wanted it to be clear that the technology was real and actually being played live. The interface plays a key role in illustrating the idea of the instrument and we designed it to highlight the audio being controlled by the dancer. Design elements like real time tracking and samples being drawn on as they are played all add to authenticity of the performance. The visuals are all created live and the music video is essentially a real document of the night.
an interactive installation by ralph kistler/jan m. sieber 2011
new face award, japan media arts festival 2011
"Monkey Business" is an interactive installation where a cuddly toy monkey hangs on the wall like a Jumping Jack and apes the gestures of the user.
The system consists of a tracking camera sensor (Microsoft XBox Kinect) on top of the toy monkey for tracking the visitor's movements, a hidden computer to analyze and convert the tracking data (OpenNI Framework, osceleton, OSC), a programming patch (Processing) to process the data into movement angles and send it to a microcontroller board (Arduino) inside the toy's body, which controls ten servo motors attached to a metal sceleton and in this way moves the ape's arms, legs, head and body. The flexible suspension of the ape in combination with fast responding motors allow an astonishing quick-witted behavior and a tempting interaction experience for the user.
All technical devices are covered in order to facilitate a direct communication between the visitor and the soft toy.
The work reflects in a playful way the problem of real natural interaction and states an ironic comment about the present art business through this iconic monkey figure.
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