an immersive, abstract mirror
PROJECT DATE: 2012
Traces is an interactive installation that was commissioned by The Public in West Bromwich for their Art of Motion exhibtion and produced by Nexus Interactive Arts. The piece encourages the user to adopt the roles of both performer and composer. It is an immersive, abstract mirror that offers an alternative approach to using the body to communicate emotion. Kinect cameras and custom software are used to capture and process movement and form. This data is translated into abstract generative graphics that flow and fill the space offering transient glimpses of the body. An immersive generative soundscape by David Kamp reacts to the user’s presence and motion. Traces relies on continuous movement in space in order to create shadows of activity. Once the performer stops moving, the piece disintegrates over time, and returns to darkness.
The Public is an incredible 5 storey gallery, community centre and creative hub in West Bromwich that is concerned with showcasing the work of interactive artists and local people. My aim was to build an installation that suited not only the theme of the show but the themes of play, discovery and creativity that already permeate the gallery spaces of The Public.