Vuokko Aro, Lauri Hassi
Flux on Ice
Helsinki’s area expands during winter, when the sea and archipelago around the city freeze solid. The frozen sea is an interesting space as it is fundamentally an open field with no predetermined use or pathways.
‘Flux on Ice’ uses the frame differencing technique to explore Helsinki locals’ winter activities on the ice. When applied to video or photo sequences, the frame differencing technique reveals paths of surprising movement that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Being the owner (and creator) of a huge collection of close-up photos of materials, this project is trying to use those photos for something more fun than ‘photoshopping’ them into architectural drawings. In ART MATERIAL – MATERIAL ART one can explore the combination of ‘material photography’ and generative art. Choosing a number of different pictures to feed in and up to 2 keywords the pictures used should contain, ART MATERIAL – MATERIAL ART will create a personal image based on those choices: The algorithm chooses the pictures containing the given keywords (tagged by me beforehand) out of about 500 photos sorted by hue and uses different ways to cut the picture into small pieces to create a whole piece of ART MATERIAL.
Design a paper theater on the go from photos snapped with your mobile phone. PhotoTheater streamlines the process by combining the camera of the n900 with a virtual paper theater studio. Cut out pieces from the photos and arrange them in a 3D scene. Free your imagination and combine real life elements from different places and invent your own stories.
What if we saw like those machines see that help us see the world? The MPEG codec ever-present in everyday digital video experiences describes the moving visual field not only as a field of colours, but as moving colours according to the subjects’ motion. “Disturbance” is a self-referential installation which tries to isolate this aspect, a display that analyzes the motion in the captured image to transform itself. The moving subject doesn’t appear as such, only as a viscous, fluid-like movement in a still image.
Seeing through music
When you listen to music it affects the way you see the world around you. The goal of this project has been to make those changes visible also in the pictures you take. This is achieved by analysing the music that was played at the moment the pictures were taken, and then modifying the images in certain ways depending on different characteristics of the music.
PaintCam is a simple paint application, but instead of colors, you dip your brush into video loops. Want to paint red? Point the camera at something red. You’ll also get the texture and motion.
Forrest Oliphant, Timo Wright
Slithering is an alternative dance documentation where a dancer moves and reacts with the Slithering software. The software scans a one pixel wide segment from the camera and orders these segments to become a single long picture in time. In this project the dancer has to find a completely new kind of movement if she wants to control the visual end result. She has to learn and adjust to the software’s own rules. The software that operates in the virtual, sets us restrictions by which to move our bodies in the physical world. We do not operate it, it operates us. It also changes the representation of dance in time and space to now happen only in time. What is dance minus space?
Stereographic mobile phone camera
The human visual system uses a variety of cues in order to perceive in three dimensions. This installation explores the sensation of depth by exploiting the stereopsis process. The viewer gets to decide the amount of parallax by controlling two video cameras.