For some reason, I called this project “Reactive” when I created it. I’ve always disliked that title and am hoping to think of a new one. For now, perhaps I’ll just call it “Super Happy Particles.”
Can an image behave? In other words, if a digital image is a visual representation of colors (i.e. pixels) on a grid (i.e. screen or piece of paper), what if each element of this grid were able to act on its own? A series of experiments in answering these questions led me to create Reactive, a live video installation that amplifies a user’s movements with exploding particle systems in a virtual space. Each pixel of the image captured by a video camera is represented as a set of particles with each particle reacting to the movements of the viewer.
Screenshots (click to enlarge):
Photos from Savannah College of Art & Design show (click to enlarge)