post collaborating with Pixy?

July 18th, 2008

Filed under: CHAMELEON PROJECT — Tina @ 7:21 pm

When I was in Vienna a few weeks ago, presenting at Roy Ascott’s consciousness reframed conference, I had an interesting meeting with Natacha Roussel.  i met her and michel during the residency in Banff New Media Institute, in March, where they were working on the pixy project. I was in Banff as part of the Synapse Residency.

Michel says: Pixy came out of the need to overcome already existing video displays. It displays low resolution image one can manipulate and physically distort; each pixel of the image is an autonomous physical element made out of electroluminescent paper, it can be moved. It can be placed on a volume and become an object.. Pixy overcomes video image itself by transforming each pixel as an object and video in a volume, low resolution image becomes an immersive experience.

When they showed their work in Banff, and I automatically thought about how to work with these artists, as the space would work well with the screen they have created. They work with new ways of screen to work with architecture – and I talked to them about developing a screen that is multi-dimensional –

you can look at it from four ways, and also walk through it.

there is some documentation here but the project has gone way beyond what you see here. It breaks down the pixels (they can do 1200×1600 pixels now using small electroluminescent squares. Each square corresponds to a video pixel therefore defining the image’

s resolution and the aesthetic of the whole. It reproduces a low resolution animated image in monochromatic tones).

Interestingly I don’t think the bad resolution would affect the reading of the piece. Neuroscientific research has done tests on how much information you can take from an image of a face, and you can still read its emotional tone of the face.

I proposed to them to create a screen that hangs from the middle of the room. You can see four different faces –

one to the north. south, east, west. The face responds to your emotional expression and talks to you. It would be a great collaboration, and interesting for the space. It would probably require a grant to be written to get the artists to develop their screen a bit more and to install it.

It would be great for the work, as you can walk through the screen, into the ‘mind’ of the work, if you like. We are working out how to explore/start this collaboration.

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