Josh Meredith

Audiovisualist

Internal Alchemy – An interactive video art installation

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Blog, Installation Art, Videos

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Internal Alchemy is a video art installation I created that maps chakra points on people’s bodies using a projector. They can then look at themselves in a mirror and interact with the different chakra points as they touch them. As you touch the different chakra points, different effects happen. You can then use your hands to “heal” yourself.  As you do that you can watch the different chakra points radiate energy or watch your chi energy move up and down your body. This is a great way for people to understand how chi energy works along with a fun way to see your spiritual body projected on to yourself.

To create Internal Alchemy I used the Unity video game engine along with a Microsoft Kinect.
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When no user is detected it will display an instruction screen informing user how to interact with it.

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When a user approaches and is detected from the Kinect, the calibration process will begin. Internal Alchemy will instruct the user to align themselves to the outline of the figure and raise their right hand to initiate the chakra sequence. This will allow the chakras to map onto the body.

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The chakra points will then project on their body and track with their movement in real time. Participants can then look at themselves in the mirror and touch each chakra point on their body. Different chakra points have different visual effects as they touch each one. Participants can then “heal” themselves as they interact with each chakra point and watch the chi energy flow up and down their body.

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Magical particles will track the user’s hands as they move.

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Touching different chakra points will have different explosive fx. Participants can immerse themselves in a fun playful environment as they interact with each one.
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Participants can watch their chi energy rise and fall along their meridians as they touch each chakra point with their “healing” hands and visually see it moving on their own body.

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The installation consists of a screen, hardware enclosure, mirror and frame.

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The hardware enclosure consists of a MS Kinect, a projector and a laptop. The projector projects the light off of the mirror and onto the participant’s body. The Kinect faces the participant so it can detect movement.

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