Shot on Canon T3i
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere Pro
HTML, CSS, & JS
10 eager participants
Constantly being plugged in to our smart devices, we've become quite antisocial in our everyday spatial interactions. Using digital audio, I was interested in seeing how I could choreograph a physical experience for multiple participants to create graphic visuals together.
Each participant was given an audio "guide" track in an email invitation, which was to be listened to during the event. Also attached was instructions in how to prepare for the event. However, what they didn’t know was that 2 of the participants received a different set of “leader” instructions. The participants would listen to these instructions via an audio device. The instructions didn’t tell the user to go to a particular destination. Rather, they were open ended requests to inform the user to explore space differently.
For this visualization to take place, a spatial canvas was needed. A 2D graphic plane "realized" in a an open grass space. To capture the participants’ movements, a camera was placed at a high angle overhead. The video was shot on a Canon T3i Rebel at night.
The goal was to reduce a person to being a point on a plane. This person's movements could then be recorded as a 2-dimensional line. In order to do this, each participant was given a single light source that served as a tracker.Their movements were then captured using a method of long exposure on the camera. The leaders were given an additional colored light source, to differentiate from the other trackers.
The participants’ engagement was the medium, and their movement became the art. My role was more of a director or choreographer rather than a maker. These interactions were translated into a music / motion piece, a graphic poster, and positive emotions all round. Click to see the results of each audio input.
Copyright Justin Chun Him Au 2015