Pet fish often seem bored with their meaningless lives. They have so much to say to us, but they have no way they can communicate. As simple humans, we find it hard to understand their swimming patterns alone.
I want to help these noble creatures, by transforming their patterns in to art.
OR BETTER YET!:
I’d like to track my fishes patterns (via cheapie webcam, I think) and bring that information into a processing sketch. Ideally, I’d like to have that sketch embedded on on a screen/ using a pico projector, mini canvas, and mini easel, in a sort of diorama. The fish will be able to see its creations, giving the fish the opportunity to have full artistic control.
I’d also like to incorporate a small button and possible some knobs onto the side of this box. The button would clear the canvas and upload it to a dedicated tumblr, and the knobs would control the color and size of the brush.
As of now, I imagine that I’ll use a simple color-tracking processing sketch to control a the brush. Doesn’t sound too tough!
I’d like to expand this project to allow the fish to make music and write poetry. But fish–especially goldfish–are visual thinkers by nature, so the choice to begin with a visual medium is only logical.