Jaanis Garancs

MultiCultureMolecular Humans

Society as a MultiCultureMolecular Virus epidemy

[link 01]


Technische Beschreibung

Stereoscopic projection is combined with visual effects of objects leaving traces in objects movements and metamorphose stages. Video camera signal with night-view,
enhanced by infrared light is analysed by motion tracking software. Movements of visitors are applied to abstracted figures of humans. Other movements are generated by
morphed coordinates of previously captured motion data of real people.

The database facilitates scene changes and content changes. Various areas in the scene space trigger different parameters for animation, visual and sound effects (like intensity, density, level of details, etc.)

Hardware / Software

PCs with nVidia graphic chip, 4(6) channel sound cards.
CRT (RGB) projector(s)
stereo shutter glasses
video camera(s)
custom built electrostatic field (aka "Theremin") interfaces
MIDI in/out/mix interfaces
SpaceMouse (i.e. 3-axis or 2 x 2-axis joysticks)

blaxxun Contact VRML client with custom (C++) extensions: MIDI client, SpaceMouse interface, TCP server/client plugin, SQL(ODBC) client.
EyesWeb video tracking/motion analysis software.
Java applets for various specific algorithms.


Hochschule / Fachbereich

Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln

URL der Hochschule

» http://www.khm.de [link 02]

Betreuer des Projekts

Prof. Frans Vogelaar

Kommentar des Betreuers

project "MultiCultureMolecular Humans"
"MultiCultureMolecular Humans" is a highly complex interactive media environment. It is a combination of an interactive game and an atmospheric Virtual-Reality movie. It is an experiment exploring the borders of perception. The innovative and experimental use of the VRML-format is technically and artistically very interesting.

Seminar / Kurzbeschreibung

seminar: "no-end technology"
Within the seminar "no-end technology" students worked on the development of endless, recyclable, low cost, non-hierarchical, "open-source", "do-it-yourself" technology (robots and interfaces) and experimented with non-hierarchical and non-controllable communication systems.

Zuordnung Forschungsbereich

Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Department for "Hybrid Space / Medialer Raum"
The Department for "Hybrid Space / Medialer Raum" at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln) is a multidisciplinary laboratory for the development of experimental projects on combined analog/digital ("hybrid") space. There, new media artists, designers, architects and urbanists collaborate with soft- and hardware engineers in the development of combined analog and digital, urban/architectural and media spaces.
The scope of the research and development projects ranges from those on the urban scale and the scale of the mobility networks, to architectural interiors and 1:1 industrial design applications and to wearables and interface design.

  • › digital sparks 2002 [link 03]

» http://www.cellulae.net/humans [link 04]

  • › … the figures move and leave “traces” in space... [JPEG | 60 KB ] [link 05]
  • › elements from Cyrillic, Arabic words … [JPEG | 18 KB ] [link 06]
  • › city traffic, virus population navigation scenes [2 MB ] [link 07]
  • › ... 'virus human' study... [524 KB ] [link 08]
  • › scheme (simplified) of hardware and software connections [8 KB ] [link 09]
  • › scheme (simplified) of hardware and software connections [8 KB ] [link 10]