At Colle + McVoy a lot of us are avid bikers. I commute by bike most days, as do many others. There are also about 15 agency bikes that remain in our space, and we ride them around to different conference rooms. We are serious about cycling, some of us in competition, some just for fun and all of us for its benefits to our environment.
We were given the opportunity to create a quick project that we could show to other groups that share our interests. We created a mural, using rear-projection and top-mounted camera. The camera sends activity information into a Flash application that triggers animations. We decided to show the many styles of cycling and have some fun with it! I worked on this project with Grant Eull and Barrett Haroldson.
“Aura” is an installation visualizing human presence as moving energy. Projected onto the wall are thousands of ‘particles’ that are attracted to your presence, they turn from a cool blue to a warm red and increase in movement depending on the activity in their area. The installation’s sound component was a loop of an indefinable rumble from a sub-woofer, the volume of the rumble was determined by the overall amount of activity occurring in the installation at the moment.
The installation, created back in May, detects a person’s presence using an infrared camera and a simple subtractive-background method of motion detection. The installation used custom software written using Processing libraries.
Unfortunately I have been unable to track down my original video documentation of the project so-far, until I get that footage all I have are a few photos, below are a couple.