Shy self portrait is a year long film about shyness. The piece shows a sequence of mirror-style recordings (~ 5 seconds each) of myself throughout the year. Time change can be noticed not only by the clothing but also by the mood (winter = sadness, summer = happiness). When someone approaches the screen, it turns into a shy version of me, that is turned back, waiting for the person to leave.
The project is made in openFrameworks and it uses the open TSPS for getting data from a kinect.
Below is a sample of images. Video is coming soon.
I explored circles as a way of drawing a video. However, I changed their size according to a perlin noise input. This created an effect of malleable grid. After that, I diminished the size and added a blending mode to create an effect of light.
After that, I played with the mouseX position controlling the size of the circles. In this way, we can actually see the black walker, which I think it is nice, especially when he is kinda of hiding my face.
And finally, with the positions of the pixels, creating a randomness in the image. I love the visual effects on this one.
My video haiku was inspired for this weekend’s snowstorm. As a person that grew up in a never-ending summer, I don’t like snowstorms and it’s a relief to see the sun in the day after. The sun always come after. Does it? This feeling of hope/wait (which in Portuguese is the same word – esperar) guided my haiku. During the storm (and after), I shot my window views in different times and I wrote a traditional haiku – in portuguese, I can’t do poetry in english:
Um dia de neve
Só é bom porque se segue
Um dia de sol
A day of snow is only good because it is followed by a day of sun.
After doing it, I explored other ways of rewriting each frame of each video, as we learned in class. You can see the code in my github.
However, even though the result is interesting, I don’t think they add extra value to the concept. What would bring extra value then? It is a poem about the time, about hope of a better day. The central shot (the flower) expresses this moment. Therefore I used James’ Slit Scan App to produce a dreamlike feeling effect. Something that could translate a transmutation time, from snow to sun, from being home to going outside. Please, check it out:
In week1 of Emerging Processes in Video Art, we learned how to manipulate videos in oF. My assignment concept started with a question: how can I look at videos I’ve seen many times – my aerial practices – with a new, exploratory look?
I’ve created a keyhole where I could look through it and, with mouse interaction, change the video position, and consequently what I’m looking at. This allowed me to focus in details I’ve never noticed before, like the women practicing lira in the back. My idea is to make the interaction with the user’s head movements but I probably need openCV for that.