Digital installation at Budapest arts event
An interactive installation using technology created by a computer scientist from the University of Lincoln, is part of a special art event in Budapest.
Eye Resonator is an immersive piece of art that reacts to an individual’s gaze by changing visuals, temperature, sound and lighting accordingly creating an interactive ecosystem that is boring for some and thrilling for others.
Created by Dr John Shearer from the School of Computer Science and digital artists at Ravensbourne in London, Eye Resonator utilises eye-tracking technology combined with real-time visualisation. It will be showcased at the Kelenföld Power Plant as part of OFF-Biennale Budapest.
To begin with, a large copper dome is placed over the person’s head, which calibrates the system for an individual’s eyes. They are then presented with a series of swarming images on the screen in front of them, which they control simply by their eye movement.
The copperplate work of the ‘cupola’ or dome, which is the centrepiece of the artwork, contains within it complex technology which has taken years to perfect.
By detecting subtle behavioural changes, Eye Resonator stimulates a process of self-observation by guiding the visitor through a sequence of experiences and feedback loops. Each encounter with the system is unique as it reacts to the voluntary and involuntary responses of the individual.
Kelenföld Power Plant’s Control Room – a masterpiece by the Hungarian architect Virgil Borbíró – is the setting for the domed ‘Cupola’ of the Eye Resonator.
Eye Resonator at the Power Plant is curated by Miklós Peternák supported by C3, Center for Culture & Communication Foundation, Kelenföld Power Plant Station and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture.
The exhibition runs from 1st to 3rd May, 2015.