Zach Lieberman is one of the smarts behind the openFramework software. Here he is talking about some of his projects. The main reason I have posted this video is for the project that is introduced 6mins in.Zach has been collaborating with an old school graffiti artist who goes by the name of Tempt. The twist is that Tempt now suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease and is paralysed. Zach Lieberman and a few others created a system for tracking Tempt’s eyes and relaying the movements back to a drawing package. The accuracy is really quite amazing and the project is very inspirational.
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I recently visited the ICA to see an art installation produced by Luke Jerram. Dream Director is a very interesting investigation into the realms of sleep and dreaming. The work builds upon work already out by psychologist Chris Alford at University of west England.
I am particularly interested in the technology around this project. People were invited to stay over night in a gallery theirs beds were custom designed pods. Each pod was loaded with it own set of sounds and the sleeper was asked to wear an eye mask designed to measure rapid eye movements. As the sleeper entered the dream stage of sleep the different sounds stored in the pod were used to try and shape the way the person dreamed. In the morning everybody that took part in the investigation was asked to fill in a questionnaire about the dreams that occurred while they were in the pod. I thought this investigation/installation was very interesting. The exhibition is very worth visiting as the whole thing has been well documented with a documentary moving image piece screened at the ICA as well.
A little more info on sleep:
“rapid eye movements occurred periodically and in conjunction with a number of physiological changes. For example the brain waves exhibited low voltage and fast activity, and heart and pulse rates seemed to speed up. As Kleitman later described it, “These changes suggested some sort of emotional disturbance, such as might be caused by dream.”
quote and table found here
I would be very interested to know how the rapid eye movement detecting goggles are actually made if anybody out there knows!
To find out what else is on at the ICA go here