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Record Process Generate [RPG}


In June 2006, Ben Halsall and myself took the opportunity to collaborate on a piece of interactive new media using a Windows based PC and an Apple Macintosh running OSX.

The project’s aim was to create a conversation between these two platforms and to investigate the possibilities of interactive digital software in creating live interactive environments.

The installation used two cameras, which individually collected visual data; this is streamed live to the Mac running MSP. The colour and movement from the live moving images is processed to create two lists of numbers. These numbers were then relayed to the PC and translated into the rotational movement of a 3D cross shape by attaching one set of numbers from one camera to the Z axis and the other camera’s set to Y axis in 3D space. The live moving images were transferred to the PC and mapped on to each of the planes of the 3D cross.

The software:

VVVV (i)

‘ VVVV is a toolkit for real time video synthesis. It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously.’

‘ VVVV uses a visual programming interface. Therefore it provides a graphical programming language for easy prototyping and development.’


Maxmsp and .Jitter (ii)

‘ Max/MSP is a graphical programming environment, which means you create your own software using a visual toolkit of objects, and connect them together with patch cords.’

‘Jitter, a set of matrix data processing objects optimized for video and 3-D graphics’


Drystone waller turned film maker/animator/VJ/educator, now an artist/entrepreneur/projection bomber interested using technology/ intervention as a medium for social change.  Currently researching experimental projection methods from moving vehicles/ interactive programming and blending tea.

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