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Published on Sep 15, 2009
15th August 2009
Speakers: Tina Gonsalves (Artist Chameleon) Natacha Roussel (Artist, Experientiae Electricae) Michael Maydon (Projects Manager Fabrica) Michael Roy (Pixy Artist)
The Chameleon Project merges art, neuroscience and technology into a poetic interactive video art installation driven by the emotions of the audience. The work uses mind reading technology to assess and respond to the emotional states of the audience. As members of the public enter the exhibition space, cameras will read their facial expressions and the video installations will respond accordingly. If viewers look happy, the video installations will respond with smiling expressions and so forth.
Over the two-week period, Gonsalves worked with latest collaborators, French artist group Experientiae Electricae, whose PIXY screens were built on site, using light, electroluminescent paper to create a 3 dimensional screen. Once integrated with Chameleons innovative emotion sensing technology, PIXY transformed Chameleons video portraits into an immersive moving video sculpture.
The Chameleon Project is a collaboration between Tina Gonsalves, media arts curator Helen Sloan SCAN, world leading neuroscientists and affective computer scientists. Chameleon further establishes Tina Gonsalves links with key research centres internationally including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Institute of Neurology (IoN).
Chameleon is funded through a large arts award Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Australian Network for Arts and Technology, Australia Arts Council, Lighthouse, and is supported by UCL, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, SCAN, MIT Media Lab and The Banff New Media Institute, Canada.