Speaking of vvvv and audiovisual work, Boris Vitazek sends his thesis project Lucid, built with vvvv and Kinect. The documentation is a bit rough, but as an experiment, the project shows some great potential. I find myself drawn to seeing the image of the camera in the work – something that has been more present, and was a noticeable thread in a recent exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image (more on that soon). It’s what Boris says about this work here that I find compelling, and which could lead to many more ideas:

Sometimes it seems as if I were looking at myself from the outside. As if the imaginary camera eye moved away from first person view to third person view. I think it is an error in perception. Brain creates reality in itself after all and senses are only reference points for its creation. But I know what a feeling it is. It is as to look at the whole chaos of life from from above and to feel the line around which new events spring up. It is a united line which is the median of everything that happens.

In my work I’m looking for a composition in visual and audio chaos which which is unified by one line. I am accepting chaos and falling into it while still trying to have control over what I am doing. It is as lucid dreaming – lucid or dreaming awake is dreaming while being aware of dreaming. Operating the installation is like searching for the house in which I am – I will never find it but I can feel it.

The interface works through kinect – a device for the game console xbox 360, and the visual coding software vvvv. The piece can be comprehended as a musical instrument which is an innovative combination of object control and work with the body. This is the first version that will evolve into a more complex performance.

The work originated from the impulse at kinect workshop in progressbar and it was displayed as an output of this workshop at the festival Multiplace 2011 in Bratislava. The pieces at the festival work as remakes and my installation works with the folloiwing: “Wojciech Bruszewski – The Music of BEhaviours” a “David Rokeby (1982) – Very Nervous System (1986-1990)”

As seen on Boris’ portfolio page:

Back to the idea from the other story of working with visualization, here’s Boris’ Stix. This, of course, emanates from a single point as do many visualizations, as opposed to the other most common solution of having a forward-progressing line across the screen.