Going onwards with the approach of motion detection, kinetic sculptures and combining it with robotics, I chose for Geoffrey Drake-Brockman’s headspace. Headspace is an interactive robotic artwork with 256 independently moving rods in a matrix some 1.5m by 1.5m. The control system is loaded with 3D scans of 700 school students. Headspace is a variable relief sculpture. Collaboration proposal (With Erik Stehmann) is a proposal to make furniture pieces or living spaces made of wood that react to the human form by first detecting it.

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman’s work involve a lot with human interaction aswell. He also made origami flowers that open up when you pass by.


Courtesy of Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman Messa di Voce ( Italian for “voice placement” ) is an audio-visual system in which the oral speech, shouts and songs of two vocalists dramatically increase in real time by custom interactive visualization software. In this installation, abstract communication gives synesthetic relationships, the language of strips, and the writing of a system and production scores are discussed… Within the framework of a sophisticated and fun virtual world. It stimulates the eye and ears, and attracts you to engage with it. It’s responsive, and in a modern day and age people will still feel the need to patch up the idea of non-responsiveness. Another great example of recognition and response is the ideal concept of the future virtually conceptualized by the movie ‘Her’. Levin and Lieberman’s Software transforms every vocal nuance graphs. It’s corresponding complexity, subtly differentiated and highly expressive. Through these displays not only the voices of users are displayed, but it also serves as a ‘device’ to pre-record sound and play during performance. While the voice charts as a tool that observers/performers can use to interpret physical manipulations of these graphics, the screens reformulate the sounds of voices of users, to mimic them, so a cycle of interaction occurs and fully integrates public in connection to a healthy environment. It’s a matter of virtual objects and real- time processing. The installation was made in a different time (2003) than XBOX’s kinect (2010), which uses a similar idea of voice and movement recognition. ‘Messa di Voce’ lies at the crossroads of two extremes, human and technological, and adds the unpredictable spontaneity of the human voice with advanced visual computing technologies and discourse analysis. No words, but deep verbal sounds, the ‘Messa di Voce’ project is designed to reflect on the meaning and implications of speech, sounds provoke acts of language and absorb a language environment. It’s a form of visual art which can certainly be implemented for various technical solutions such as interactive supermarket displays or ad space when you walk along or make a sound. There’s even a possibility something might exist generated from your interests by shouting them out. pinterest link:

Chris O’Shea is a multidisciplinary artist who works a lot with openFrameworks projects. His work always had a kinetic approach and he plays a lot with human interaction. Human interaction interferes with the intellect of things and it lets objects recognize you.

Hand From Above is the latest project from Chris O’Shea, a joint co-commission between FACT: Foundation for Art & Creative Technology and Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen Liverpool and the Live Sites Network. It premiered during the inaugural Abandon Normal Devices Festival.

Inspired by Land of the Giants and Goliath, the project aims to remind us of mythical stories by mischievously unleashing a giant hand from the BBC Big Screen. Passers are playfully transformed being tickled, stretched, flicked or removed entirely in real-time by a giant deity.

Fitted with a CCTV camera, The BBC Big Screen is linked into a computer that runs the custom built software then outputs to the screen. The software picks a person based on their proportions & how alone they are from other people, then tracks the blob over time using optical flow. If the giant hand removes, flicks or shrinks a person, firstly it rubs out the person from the live video using the background reference pixels. Then the tracked person is redrawn over the top in relation to what the hand is doing, i.e. being picked up, or flying out to the left of the screen (not shown in this video). When the hand shrinks a person it redraws them into the video at half scale. When there is too big a crowd it resorts to tickling people, with a random selection.

Many people thought it was a real hand, or at least controlled by an operator. Many didn’t care how it worked. People liked seeing themselves on a big screen and then were completely surprised when this big hand came in and did something to someone. Apparently one lady said “I haven’t had a man’s hand all over me like that in years!” Chris

Hand from Above was built using openFrameworks & openCV.

Flyknit uses Kinect cameras to capture the motion of nearby observers and then digitally translates the image into swirling, undulating swarms of colours and shapes. Imagine standing near a giant cube that senses your motion and interprets it back to you by displaying colourful, swirling video on each of its four sides, following your motions in a colourful cascade.

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The SKIN probe project examines the future integration of sensitive materials in the area of emotional sensing – the shift from ‘intelligent’ to ‘sensitive’ products and technologies.

As part of SKIN, we have developed a ‘Soft Technology’ outfit to identify the future for high tech materials and Electronic Textile Development in the area’s of skin and emotional sensing.

The dress show emotive technology and how the body and the near environment can use pattern and color change to interact and predict the emotional state.

Far-future design concepts
SKIN: Dresses is a Probe, a far-future design concept. It is not intended as a production prototype nor will it be sold as a Philips product. Like past Probe design concepts that have stimulated discussion around a range of issues, this concept is testing a possible future – not prescribing one.

A marvellously intricate wearable prototype Bubbelle is a dress surrounded by a delicate ‘bubble’ illuminated by patterns that changed dependent on skin contact. 

Bubbelle was one of a series of dynamic garments developed by Philips Design as part of their on-going SKIN exploration research into the area known as emotional sensing. Nancy Tilbury was the Fashion Director of Probes, part of a pioneering interdisciplinary design team at Philips Design.









New York + New Zealand product & furniture designer. With a family background in farming and metal working industries Richard’s designs offer an innovative perspective on traditional materiel ideologies and combine them with new technologies and opportunities.


‘Cloud’ is an Arduino-controlled, motion-triggered lightning & thunder performance. It is also a music-activated visualizer and suspended speaker unit.

‘Cradle’ is about creating a safe, comfortable, and relaxing space in which the user can dissipate the overstimulation of their senses.




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3D Printer / Multi-Material 3D print (simultaneous deposition of different build materials in a single print) /Tango Black (Flexibel Rubber) / Fullcure 720 (an almost crystal-clear, solid material)

Curved, Hollow Petals, Air, Ink, Solidworks (design program)


Blossom, the world’s first inflatable 3D print, is an interactive installation with a group of closed flowers, blosseming when you pump air in them. The heart of the design is from mixed material, so it can be flexibel. The materials used try to get as close as possible to organic forms, The variation offers an opportunity to generate complex forms and dynamic structures that are otherwise impossible to make. Blossom specifically focused on two materials in particular: Tango Black (a rubbery, flexible material) and Fullcure 720 (an almost crystal-clear, solid material). Each bloom was created uniquely in Solidworks. The petals are made of the flexibel material, and the heart of the more solid one. As air is pumped into the chamber in the heart of the flower, it causes the inside of the petal to push against the outside of the petal front of it. As each petal pushes on the one in front of it, the bloom blossoms.



The flowers bloom like real flowers do when you gently push into the indicated airpump. As air is pumped into the chamber in the heart of the flower, it causes the inside of the petal to push against the outside of the petal front of it. As each petal pushes on the one in front of it, the bloom blossoms. The solid part stays still. People can push 4 airpumps which are connected to different flowers. It is an interactive installation. The effect is that Clarkson created something natural, organic, by something that is totally not organic but manufactured. There are no electronics, it works on air-pressure. It almost becomes a game of finding the different colored insides of every flower.