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The Manual Input Workstation

2004 | Tmema (Golan Levin & Zachary Lieberman)

The Manual Input Workstation

The Manual Input Workstation (2004-2006: Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman) presents a series of audiovisual vignettes which probe the expressive possibilities of hand gestures and finger movements. Interactions take place on a combination of custom interactive software, an analog overhead projector, and a digital computer video projector. The analog and digital projectors are aligned such that their projections overlap, resulting in an unusual quality of hybridized, dynamic light. During use, the visitors' hand gestures are interpreted by a computer vision system as they pass across the glass top of the overhead projector. In response, the software generates synthetic graphics and sounds that are tightly coupled to the forms and movements of the visitors' actions. The synthetic responses are co-projected over the organic, analog shadows, resulting in an almost magical form of augmented-reality shadow play.

The Manual Input Workstation installation also exists in a performance version called The Manual Input Sessions. More information about this performance can be found here and at the official web site for the Manual Input project.


The following 3'05" YouTube video illustrates brief demonstrations of the different Workstation software modules. This video is also available as a downloadable Quicktime at the bottom of this page.


Additional Resources

High resolution photographs of The Manual Input Workstation are available in Flickr photosets documenting its presentation at the following festivals and venues:

Images (click to enlarge)

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Video
The Manual Input Sessions/Workstation (Demo, 2004)
The Manual Input Sessions/Workstation (Demo, 2004) (97.30 MB)
[640x480, MPEG-4 .mov, 3'05". Right-click to download or watch on YouTube]