This piece has been created in the context of my end of term project for the Workshops in Creative Coding module, part of the MA in Computational Arts, at Goldsmiths University.
Stuck inside is a projection-mapped generative art piece showcasing a strange world made of paper pyramids and the tribulations of a person stuck inside.
The scene starts with the day passing outside of this world, casting shadows on the pyramids, until an invisible curtain opens. We can now catch sight of a person inside trying to wave, knock and look around for a way to escape. She is getting stuck in a loop of movements and, as she can’t find the exit, her mind escapes and creates a more colourful version of this world, changing the pyramids into a playful landscape.
For the choreographic part of the project, I wanted to explore how to use the triangle shape from a movement point of view but also the kaleidoscopic effect it will give when mapped onto the pyramid. To do so, I created movements that play with the intersection of the body with the sides on the triangle and what body shapes could complement the triangle itself - using the body as a 2D graphical element instead of a moving person.
From a technical point of view, the video input is processed by the programme to transform the pixels into black and white circles with a blurred effect. The different short clips have been filmed on a white(ish) background, with the dancer wearing as much black as possible (including gloves and sunglasses!). The code is getting the brightness of each pixel and depending on the threshold defined, it draws a white or black circle accordingly.
All the generative graphics and video processing have been done with openFrameworks, using the ofxPiMapper addon for the mapping itself.
For more details and behind the scenes explanations:
> Stuck Inside on Goldsmiths Computational Arts Blog