title. captured participatory installation
date. 2018 - ongoing
role. technical director
a participatory installation which captures your face and creates a new identity for you in a collective scenario taking place in a virtual world
why do we submit to mob rule? we like to think of ourselves as rational, responsible individuals in charge of our lives and destinies, but sometimes a cluster of beliefs and rumours overpower individuals and collective instincts take charge.
captured puts you in a scenario where mob rule takes over. your face is captured and given a virtual body, and this avatar becomes a member of a virtual community along with other captured avatars. the relations in the community are fickle: sometimes you are the bully; sometimes you are the bystander; sometimes you are the target. social pressure is bounced back from the avatar community to the audience where people follow their doubles in the animation.
captured lets you explore the unclear boundaries between the collective and individual self, reflecting incidents of mob rule in contemporary information society. it takes shape as an interactive installation with 3d face reconstruction technology that generates avatars from people in real-time. The actions in the avatar community are controlled by AI, mixing narrative with simulation.
hanna haaslahti - fantomatico| creative director
alap parikh | technical director - narrative simulation
tyler henry | technical director - face capture
quicksand games lab | co-production
dpt | co-production
2019, helsinki lift festival
2019, venice film festival gap-financing market
2019, new images festival xr financing market
2018/19, cph:lab, copenhagen international documentary film festival
2019, "inhabiting the image: 'captured' -- an interactive cinema installation", storytellers united -- medium