Monster World at Vivid Sydney 2015
Monster World is a portal into another realm, an alternate dimension inhabited by a curious collection of creatures. As people approach the installation, the monsters curiously follow their movements, occasionally mimicking their gestures in surprising and delightful ways. If participants wave or dance, the monsters may decide to wave back or do a dance of their own! When more people approach, new monsters appear from the colourful ether, bringing about a charming party of moving and dancing forms.
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We designed and manufactured a 3.5m x 2.5m x 1.2m waterproof structure to contain our monsters and allow the work to be shown outdoors. Two ultra short throw projectors donated by Hitachi were used to rear-project onto a high-quality, projection-specific fabric. This rear-projection setup was designed so that no shadows would be cast onto the display by the audience.
Audience members are tracked by a custom computer vision program written specifically for this project by David Collien. The source is available on GitHub. Two webcams provide a stitched view of the audience, with help from IR lights integrated into our structure.
Monster World software was built with Unity / C#.