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Interactive projections for Richard III, at CMU

18 April 2010 / announcement, performance

For Matt Gray’s production of Richard III at Carnegie Mellon, MFA student Riley Harmon and I developed an interactive projection system of “static noise” on the bodies of actors playing the roles of “ghosts”. An infrared computer vision system built in openFrameworks is used to track the bodies of the “ghost” performers. Imagery of a dynamic noise pattern — resembling a malfunctioning “Princess Leia hologram” transmission — then appear projected into the bodies of the ghosts of Richard’s murdered victims, as they visit him in his sleep. Some preliminary teaser video, photos, and screencaps of the scene are below.

Please consider seeing the show by if you’re in Pittsburgh! The show runs through April 24th at the Philip Chosky Theater in the Purnell Center at CMU [map]. Performances are at 8pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, with an additional matinee performance at 2pm on Saturdays.

Test image of ghost projections for Richard III

Screen capture of Richard-III Ghost Tracking Software

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