Elena Parker


An evolution of the kinetoscope, in which the user unconsciously interacts with and alters the video.


Computational Cameras

Expanding upon the Kuleshov effect and Walter Murch's "In the blink of an eye" theory, I built an eye tracking mechanism into a kinetoscope. The eye tracker monitors your gaze as you watch the film, and every time that you you blink, you edit the video.

Film and television viewers, film theorists and historians, lay individuals

User Scenario
A user will approach the kinetoscope and the video will start. As the user blinks the video cuts to different perspectives on a single scene. The user is unaware of his or her effect on the video. When the 2-minute video is over, the user can discover that they actually viewed a personalized film, either via a "receipt" with the time of their edits or via speaking with me directly.

The kinetoscope is made using a mini-projector. The eye tracker is built with a hacked and customized PS3 Eye camera, ir reflecting mirror and ir LED. The camera detects the glint in your eye from the LED via the mirror -- whenever the glint is gone [the reflective parts of your eye are covered by your eyelid when you blink], the program cuts to the next shot of video.