Through the looking glass, revisited

Mirror images. Mirroring rooms, one black/dark, one while/light. Disorientation stategies applied. A degree of leakage from one to the other. Invisible forms using sound (white space). Light and shadow to define shapes. In dark space, more intimate areas, interactive – poss. development of secrets, condensation, etc. And of course, liminality.

Gravitation (another favourite thing of mine) might be the foremost physical guide to orientation, but it is more subliminally perceived than visual input. For this reason it is an ideal factor to play around with to create a sense of disorientation that isn’t immediately identifiable. I will also need to be able to set things into the floor, so a built floor is useful in more ways than one.

Dark space:
Condensation could be triggered by breath sounds on the user’s side. What could be added apart from that is a perhaps a more explicit sense of ‘real’ dialogue.

Breathe on screen in pin point lights as you approach. Sounds sensor triggers ‘condensation’ on touch screen. Create videos of typical things that people draw?

It would be great if secrets could be given and received in whispers.

White space:
Poss. approach to invisible shape: a combination of motion detection by webcam positioned straight above, x- and y-values set to define a square area, with a distance sensor, also placed directly above (though probably a bit higher than the webcam so that its range covers the top of the square. The distance sensor would give an ‘on’ signal between the desired top and bottom values, in combination with motion detected within the defined area that the webcam monitors.

This way, the ‘object’ is approachable from all sides and sensors will not be obstructed by people standing in the way, etc. Getting the right code for motion detection that actually does what I want it to do, i.e. reacting to the right things, will probably take some work.

Check Sharp Infra-red distance sensor (or range finder poss. G112?) Active Robotics.

The ‘invisible instrument’ could poss. be created by using light dependent resistors set into cylindrical holes in the floor (so as to limit their pickup of surrounding light – and prevent people walking directly on them, getting them dirty etc.) Directly above could be placed infra-red lights (work well indoors according to Mike B), or poss. UV. Light spill should not be too much of an issue as long as it isn’t too wide, as it is the light dependent resistor that creates a signal.


2 Responses to “Through the looking glass, revisited”

  1. Seems like you are a real expert. Did ya study about the matter? lawl

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