In our project, we regard “environment” as a man.
Which is different from tons of interactive installations, ours contain two parts of interactive concepts.the participates and the installation is the one, the other is the installation and the weather. In other words, this installation is an intermediary between participates and the “environment man”, both playing roles as message receiver, encoder and decoder.
When there’s something data higher than normal level, it means that the “environment” man get ill. And participates would be doctors, who are responsible for their patients. It’s nearly impossible to make the real environment to perceive participates’ behavior, however, through our installation, we can express a kind of concern or a kind of appeal for all the participants.
Our installation receives real time environmental data from remote sensors, then visualizes those overproof part as some kinds of skin blemishes onto a human face(probable participant’s own face). Participants can pluck or strike strings(or maybe strings matrix) to cure these blemishes. On the same time, the sound created by these strings would be recorded and distributed away by internet or FM.
Structure and interaction
Basically, the whole installation is like a table, which contains three layers: screen, water and strings. And there are a camera and a kinect embedded in this table, which is used to collect participant’s face.
When a participant gets close and looks down to our installation, camera and kinect would get his face. Then screen will display a artistic face together with some skin blemishes, the number of which is according to the data received from remote sensors. When the participant struck or pluck the strings, these blemishes would fade out and the sound would be recorded and distributed.
We use camera to catch real time face image and use Processing to do artistic work and add blemishes. The connection between strings and image is also realized by software(Processing or other Audio visualization tools). As for sound recording and distribution part, we maybe set some FM emitters or just update to internet.