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DON’T LOOK HERE. Brian Quan & Nathan Waddington. Ambient Video. Ambient video must meet the following criteria: be visually engaging on first viewing never require your attention reward attention at any time with visual interest sustain over a great number of repeated viewings

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Don t look here

DON’T LOOK HERE

Brian Quan & Nathan Waddington


Ambient video
Ambient Video

Ambient video must meet the following criteria:

  • be visually engaging on first viewing

  • never require your attention

  • reward attention at any time with visual interest

  • sustain over a great number of repeated viewings

    [Bizzocchi 2008]


Don t look here

“Ambient works must be ‘interesting’ and ‘ignorable’”

[Brian Eno, as quoted by Bizzocchi J. Nov 2008]


Concept
Concept ‘ignorable’”

  • From the concept of ignorable and not requiring your attention, we bring in ideas of the light bulb in the fridge and Schrodinger’s cat

  • Don’t look here is an installation which reacts to the number of people watching an ambient video being presented.

  • The system does nothing when being directly observed, working on the principle of ignorability, it does more with fewer people looking on, and will stop if too many people are watching.


Pseudo code
Pseudo Code ‘ignorable’”

If there are no faces detected for x seconds

then ambient video does <something>

(for instance, slowly start up if stopped)

If a face is detected for y seconds (time in place as a sort of debounce)

then ambient video does <something else>

(for instance, if started, stop)

If more than one face is detected for y seconds

then ambient video does <yet something else>


Process
Process ‘ignorable’”


Process1
Process ‘ignorable’”


Reference list
Reference List ‘ignorable’”

Bizzocchi, J. "Winterscape and Ambient Video - an Intermedia Border Zone", ACM-MM 08, Vancouver, November 2008

Bizzocchi, J. "Ambient Video: The Transformation of the Domestic Cinematic Experience", in Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools, eds. Byron Hawk, David Rieder, and Ollie Oviedo. University of Minnesota Press, February 2008 - <http://www.sfu.ca/~bizzocch/ambientvideo.html>


Reference list continued
Reference List (Continued) ‘ignorable’”

Maeda, J. (Director). (2005). Food Coloring. [Motion Picture]. United States: Colorcalm.


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