I managed to catch a few of the interactive works when I went for I Light. The first being ‘Facey Thing’ by Uji Studios which was a sort of satirical take on the selfie culture amongst the masses in this day and age.
Fig 1. Facey Thing by Uji Studios, 2019, I Light, Singapore. pictures screenshot from video taken by: En Cui
When you first encounter it, ‘Facey Thing’ is a bright huge screen that is twice the height of an ordinary human.
Diagram 1, mock up of Facey Thing
So the set up is simple, consisting of a screen which is hooked up to a single camera that captures the passerbys that are oving in front of the work. The code that runs this work is set to capture the faces of the people who are standing in front of it.
Fig 2. Facey Thing by Uji Studios, 2019, I Light, Singapore. pictures screenshot from video taken by: En Cui
Fig 3. Facey Thing by Uji Studios, 2019, I Light, Singapore. pictures screenshot from video taken by: En Cui
When your face is recognised by the screen it is boxed up as seen in fig 2 above and would later evolve to fig 3. In Fig 3, the faces of the passerbys are blown up and dragged upward almost as though painting the canvas with their face. So in this case the images on the screen are temporarily changed by the people who interact with it, if not it is no more then an ordinary close circuit video recording. It warps the initial intention of Selfies to be one that portray one self as ‘glam’ to being very ‘unglam’ instead by warping the passerby’s faces.
Fig 4. Facey Thing by Uji Studios, 2019, I Light, Singapore. pictures screenshot from video taken by: En Cui
The people that decided to interact it were waving their hands of moving about oddly to try and get their face recognised by the system.
Subsequently I caught “Shades of Temporality” by SWEATSHOPPE – Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy.
Fig 5. Shades of Temporality by SweatShoppe, 2019, I Light Singapore Text: 你好 Lei <3 Written by: En Cui, Christine and Elizabeth
This work has two elements to it, the first being the visualiser projecting the ‘painted image’ on to the wall, and the second being the paint rollers.
Diagram 2, Mock up of the painting brushes used in Shades of Temporarity
Diagram 3, Mock up of the set up of Shades of Temporarity
When the button in diagram 2 is pressed the paint brush head up turns green. this is then sensed by the camera and the visualiser will send an out put of light that will corespond to the area where the paint brush touched, projecting a loop of graphical illustrations of Singapore.
In this case the audience are encouraged to make temporary graffity designs on the wall, hence creating art. the audience is given the ability to write what ever they want to express themselves in anyway they see fit.