Created by Basel collective UNDEF, User 632 is an installation that stores the behaviour of the people who look at it by monitoring them in return. The installation is designed to know when and how a person passes by or if they stop on the way. All data is being tracked and displayed publicly where passersby are stored as an annonymous number without any hints to their identities. Whoever comes to close to the camera though will be stored with a photograph next to their id.
The installation uses openFrameworks and is made up of three Kinect depth cameras that constantly look for movements which are then reduced to a simple directional line in space. When a visitor enteres a specific area, the algorithm is looking for a face. As soon as one is found a countdown appears that shows the time until a photo is taken automatically. At the same time the time a user is in the visible area is stored. This data (time, path and eventually image) are stored in a database, interpreted and displayed as realtime statistics.
The main interest in this project is to create ‘something’ to allow people to escape from the reality. Sometime it is good enough to don’t have other purpose that giving happiness, or well being. To bring back to David Steindl-Rast theory: Stop Look Go. Be great full.
“Emmanuelle Moureaux first conceived a floating volume of ’100 colors’ in 2013 for the shinjuku creators festa, delivering a massive suspended cloud of brilliant hues created from 840 sheets of paper from japanese paper manufacturer takeo. for the 2014 edition of the event, the french-born, toyko-based creative took her ’100 colors’ outdoors, transforming the water plaza in shinjuku central park; bringing a vibrancy to the urban site where high rise buildings soar in the background. this second installation was crafted instead from textiles — each of the 1875 strands have been individually hand-dyed — a medium which encouraged the entirety of the work to capture light breezes and sway in the wind. The brilliant tones layered with the surrounding skyscrapers, created quite the scene, bringing forth a breathtaking scene which encourages people to stop for a moment, and escape from their reality.” From Designboom
Everyone should see this video, to try to enjoy life in simple events. The secret of happiness might be in the decision to Stop even for few second, enjoy the present moment and go. STOP LOOK GO
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, meditates and writes on “the gentle power” of gratefulness.