Today the piece I did for Gabriel was screened for the first time. It turned out nice and I managed to get a good concept behind it. As it goes with most code that generates something abstract, the underlying idea may take numerous shapes. Personally, I like to think of it as responsive, generative tag cloud for the character’s (actor’s) thoughts, expressions and gestures. Here’s a screenshot:
(not the best one but time is pressing)
How does it work? It’s easy: the actor goes on reciting his monologue (yes, the theater play “Veghe” by Morris Panich is just one big monologue). I type in every word that is important, or has a special resonance, etc. (abstract tags?) and that word gets into a big rotating chaos. It pops out whenever i type it again. Multiple instances of the same word are allowed. Also, the whole business may start with a predefined list of words (list that can be anytime expanded).
This shifts the whole business to a more performance-like theater play due to the subtle interactivity insert.
Note to self: A nice expansion would be the ability to let the public send in by bluetooth their own words. Now that would be nice.