Interactive kinect ants at Exploding Cinema’s 20th Birthday

Exploding Cinema held its 20th birthday event at Dogstar bar in Brixton. They asked the members to show a film of their choice mixed in with the best of the 20 years of shows. On the top floor we decided to project the first project we did with them as resident artists – the interactive ants piece called It’s Alive! – but we also added in a simple Kinect silhouette which we have been working with more recently. It was good to see two different inputs (the webcam and the Kinect) working together.

interactive  art kinect ant

We strung up a lycra screen about 4m across which looked like a spider’s web. The webcam got color information by looking at the short films and then used this information to seed a colony of pheremone crazy red and green ants.

interactive  art kinect ant

So for example below is the scary clown image from their screen.

interactive  art kinect ant

And then here is the effect it has on our screen – where the ghost of the clown is in blue, with the ants on top in red, magenta and green trails.

interactive  art kinect ant

The show was great fun. Happy 20th Birthday Exploding Cinema.

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