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title. captured participatory installation

date. 2018 - 2021

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

mike robbins | technical director - animation

quicksand games lab | co-production

high road stories | co-production


2022, beyond reality, bucheon fantastic film festival, south korea

2022, xtended/eye filmmuseum, amsterdam

2022, cph:dox interactive, copenhagen

2022, hacking identity – dancing diversity, zkm/esch, luxembourg

2022, international film festival rotterdam

2021, bfi london film festival

2021, silbersalz – international science & media festival, halle, germany

2020, vrham festival residency

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

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