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Hand from Above

Installation using C++, openFrameworks, openCV, and custom software

In Hand from Above, passersby are briefly transported to a different reality. The crowds walking near the large-screen LED monitor are broadcast live on the screen, but instead of the expected reflection, they see images of themselves being tickled, assaulted, or flicked away by an enormous hand, as though by some colossal deity. The reactions of the installation’s unwitting participants have varied: some run away, others flinch, but many interact with the hand, waving at the screen to attract attention. In every case, people are encouraged to pause in their normal routines and engage with a virtual presence and with each other. Hand from Above was commissioned by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology and the Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen; it premiered during the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival in Liverpool.

 

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