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DreamDrops 2014   
DreamDrops is an interactive fiber/video installation where viewers can interact with felt sculptures by Anna Kristina Goransson, brought to life as a colorful, immersive video and audio environment.
Dimensions: 8 ft x 8 ft x 8 ft
Materials: Felt, paper, computer with custom software, Kinect interface, video projectors, speakers
Three DreamDrops are constructed with felt and paper. The felt gives them the form, and the paper provides a window into the virtual words. The Drops are suspended by their "tails", from the ceiling at three heights. The red Drop is hung the most high, the blue Drop is lower, and the green Drop hangs the lowest.

As visitors walk among the DreamDrops, they can see the three animated worlds. The red world looks like clouds at sunset, the blue world looks like the depths of the oceans, and the green world looks like a lush, tropical forest. The three worlds are populated by "boids", a flock/school of animated critters that dash about in small groups.

Visitors are invited to poke their heads up into DreamDrops. They'll see bursts of color and dynamic sparks triggered by their motion which is detected by a Microsoft Kinect sensor. People can interact with the boids, who will playfully investigate the human visitors, calling out with a futuristic wail. A hand clap gesture will trigger a colorful tunnel effect that will transport the visitor to other worlds.

With their installation, Rob and Kristina are exploring the threshold between personal space and public space in the technology era. The installation allows people to experience a private environment of light and color in a very public arena.

Several open source software projects were used in this installation:
  • OpenFrameworks - an open-source C++ library for creative coding
  • ofxKinectNui - Sadam Fujioka's addon using the Microsoft Kinect
  • ofxMSAFluid - an addon for solving and drawing 2Dfluid systems by Memo Akten
  • ofxBoids - a flocking motion addon for by Satoshi Okami
Rob and Kristina would like to thank Jennifer Lim for her help with this installation.
DreamDrops was shown at COLLISION20:bilocate, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, MA, Jan 17 to Feb 23, 2014

© 2014 Rob Gonsalves and Anna Kristina Goransson