Images courtesy of Evan Boehm and Nexus
Art is in the eye of the beholder. Or, according to experimental visual artist, Evan Boehm, art is in the eye of the beholders, plural. His recent project with Nexus Interactive Arts, titled Looking At A Horse, is a ethos-focused visual installation that changes its appearance in real-time, depending on its surroundings and the number of people watching. This is group-watch at its finest.
Boehm's piece responds to its audience. In an empty room, the screen would display a few axis points that resemble a horse constellation. The more people who enter the room and watch, however, the more detail the horse appears -- adding "skin and muscle" as well as other layers.
The installation incorporates openFrameworks, openCV, and Unity, as well as a camera with face and blob recognition software so it can track how many people are viewing it at once. Thus, the viewers are as essential to the art as the technology itself.
The Creators Project talked to Evan Boehm, who collaborated with us on the epic, interactive film The Carp And The Seagull. He told us that he gets asked to show The Carp from time to time, but always declines because it was not made for a gallery setting. Rather, he wanted an interactive visual piece that worked in a physical space, and the horse project was born. It took him two months to complete, mostly tinkered with during his off time from commercial work.
He chose a horse as a figure, as compared to a dog or dragon, because "I wanted to pick a subject that was universal across classes, cultures and time periods." He also saw artist George Stubbs' Whistlejacket in person and was so impressed that it "sealed the deal."
Watch a video of Looking At A Horse below:
If you haven't seen Boehm's prior project, The Carp and The Seagull, visit the interactive website, here. Also watch a video of that project below.