Still from a performance at a private party in 2001. visualJockey software was used to create various video textures in real-time. These were projected indoors to create an immersive environment and also on snow-covered trees outside which provided an organic three-dimensional projection surface. Photo by Jon Ross.
QuickTime movie (4.6MB, please allow time to load) of interactive video system created using visualJockey and live camera input. Designed to encourage interactive experimentation to find the rhythmic patterns in the delayed video.
I am primarily interested in creating real-time interactive systems which allow for improvisation and play rather than prepared content. The video and its system of processing, control and projection should be felt as extending the physical space, and provide the same rewarding exploration that we have when first learning the rules that govern our interaction with the physical world. This is best achieved by having a system with simple deterministic rules that exhibit emergent complex behaviour, similar to how a thrown ball shows complex behaviour from the dependable interaction of mass, gravity and elasticity.
Screenshot of visualJockey composition for system above. This software is similar to Max/MSP/Jitter. Its speed gives a high frame-rate that facilitates the immersive experience.
- Laptop PC running visualJockey
- Canon MiniDV camera for content creation and live input to laptop
- Dazzle DVC 90 to digitize live video input at 640x480
- Panasonic WJ-MX10 video mixer
- Edirol V4 video mixer
- 2 x Cyberhome CH300 DVD player
- Projectors begged and borrowed