2010 art installation CONTACT Photography Festival
Optometry were two interactive, multi-media art installations and part of my first group showing at CONTACT photography Festival, in collaboration with Javier Lovera. These pieces were numbers 1 and 2 in our series of studies and installations looking at the viewer as the main working element of each piece. Without their intended interaction the pieces were not complete. Both pieces were made of up-cycled materials and control mechanism were kept analogue to maintain natural and intuitive user interaction.
#1 Peer into the box and see yourself as someone else. Portrait photography is common place, but seeing ones eyes in someone else’s face is new experience. If you could see the world through someones eyes what would it look like? When viewing the portrait from afar the feeling that something is missing is evident. We invite you to look into our optometry box. A computer vision camera discretely placed in the box captures the viewers eyes in real time, process the video, adjusts and repositions them into the eyes of the portrait. Suddenly the piece is complete and you are staring back at yourself, but you are not you.
#2 The reflection in someones eyes is a glimpse at the world they see. The experiences in our lives shape our emotions and expressions regardless of what we may be looking at around us. This pieces invites participants to play with the juxtapositions life throws at us daily. The roll of dice is like the roll of life, we may be having the best day in our personal lives when we are confronted by someone else’s suffering. Or our darkest day is jolted by the sight of something simple and beautiful. One die controls the facial expression of the face projected in front, the other changes the images reflected in the pictures eyes. A computer vision camera from above identifies the target marker on the side of the dice it lands on to change and control interaction with the piece.
Mediums: Projection mapping, Photography, Computer vision & Programming, Up-cycled materials. In collaboration with and photography by: Javier Lovera