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Iamascope: Sidney Fels
sid fels and the iamascope

Technical description: The Iamascope currently uses a firewire camera attached to an Apple G5 Computer running the Iamascope code. The code is written in a combination of C and Tcl/Tk using OpenGL. As well, the music synthesizer used here is based on SimpleSynth and the video capture code for the Mac is based on open source code called SeeSaw. The video data is placed in texture memory where it is mapped using mirror reflections onto the geometry.

About the work: "Reflections of ourselves are inherently beautiful. Our voices are beautiful. This interactive art piece explores this view of ourselves with a multi-media experience using an interactive piece called the Iamascope. The Iamascope uses a video camera lens as the eye of a kaleidoscope and projects a kaleidoscopic image of the performer onto a large screen. A vision subsystem is coupled to the electronic eye to control musical tones using a sustain algorithm.

Once inside the Iamascope, participants can gesture, dance, sing and speak to control and choreograph the imagery and music in real-time. Both the audience and the performer experience a rich aesthetic interactive experience."

About the artist and the research: "I have been exploring intimacy and embodiment between people and people, and people and machines for the last 10 years. This work uses a special type of mirror (a kaleidoscope) to explore the rich interaction aesthetics inherent in self reflective interactive works. As one of the original interactive artworks I created, it formed the basis for understanding interaction aesthetics deriving from response, control, self-reflection and belonging."