Mirror Darkly - an Interactive kinetic type project



The above video is mediation of a project called Mirror Darkly, that was created for Light Night, in Leeds - which was shown at Leeds College of Art. This project brought together investigations with the Microsoft Kinect and Processing, in creating a Poem that could be walked through. Using the kinect processing library created by Daniel Shiffman, http://shiffman.net/p5/kinect/  , the point cloud depth data was assigned words from the final stanza of a poem called 'The Other Side of the Mirror' by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge.
"Shade of a shadow in the glass,
     O set the crystal surface free!
Pass – as the fairer visions pass –
     Nor ever more return, to be
The ghost of a distracted hour,
     That heard me whisper, "I am she!"

A slight randomisation of size and offset at each point of detection, allowed the image to have a bit of lively dance, as well as randomly shifting between level of detail of the scan, which would occasionally allow a sense of the form to be seen. A sound reactive version of the sketch was also developed. As an aesthetic, this is a starting point to take further, particularly with making the kinectic camera made more mobile, rather than moving in front of it.

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