Ghost Pole Propagator II
by Golan Levin (2007; 2016)
Interactive public laser projection at the Day for Night festival, Houston, December 12-18, 2016.

“Ghost Pole Propagator” was first developed in 2007, and revised for the Houston Day for Night festival in December 2016. The installation responds to its participants' movements, capturing and translating gestures into simple but evocative lines. Rendered with a laser beam, the project focuses on the expressive potential of the most minimal of human forms: the stick figure.

Ghost Pole Propagator captures and replays the 'skeletons' of passersby in its environment, creating a layered and dynamic tapestry that reflects the history and activity of a locale. Presenting a universal communication of presence, attitude and gesture, the stick-figures this artwork generates are compact and expressive means of representing the human form. The format of the work is variable; in some presentations, the project serves as a kind of 'interpretive monitoring station' for nearby pedestrian traffic.

Presented at Day for Night Festival, Houston, December 2016
Footage courtesy Houston Public Media & Day for Night Festival
Additional videography: Caitlin Rose Boyle, Claire Hentschker
Technical assistance: Dan Moore / Make it do a Thing
Laser projection: Timothy Walsh / Laser Spectacles, Inc.
Created in openFrameworks with ofxILDA & ofxEtherdream

Special thanks to:
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry,
Thomas Hughes, Memo Akten, Seb Lee-Delisle

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