We wanted to take a beat and share a fun project that one of our very own worked on: Archives of Vision.
Puppy Love’s Technical Project Manager, Robert Wuss worked with researchers Anne-Heloise Dautel and Irem Bugdayci at Bartlett School of Architecture in London to bring this fascinating installation together.
Archives of Vision is an interactive installation that explores ways of seeing as a performative act of understanding space and constructing meaning. The installation is constructed in three parts — the first explores the tracking of the gaze as a device for spatial composition; the second re- enacts the path of the observer’s eyes through the motion of a robotic creature; the third archives these recordings into a network of situated compositions, revealing the space as seen by a collection of human eyes and robotic creatures. The project utilizes the latest technology in eye tracking hardware and software to detect the point of gaze in three dimensional space. An analogue augmented reality viewing apparatus materializes the collected path of the gaze in the form of a holographic eye drawing. Following the data collection of eye movement of various observers, the behavior of their individual gaze is translated to the motion of a human-scale robot, creating a situated, mechanical representation of the eye. Rather than replacing the function of the observer, the robotic creatures catalogue a temporal memory of looking. Archiving ways of seeing space through a (digital and physical) collection and interpretation of human and machinic vision provides a dynamic model of how unities are articulated in the production of boundaries between visual representations and spatial environments.
Interactive Architecture Lab Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London 2019. Researchers: Anne-Heloise Dautel, Irem Bugdayci, Robert Wuss. Supervisors: Jessica In, Ruairi Glynn, Parker Heyl
TouchDesigner, Processing, Dynamixel SDK Python, Arduino, Tobii Eye Tracking X60, Tobii ProSDK Python, Custom Fabrication