Adam Frank – interactive design

Posted: January 28, 2007 in creativity
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brooklyn based artist and designer adam frank offers one product on his site, a seemingly beautifully crafted and nicely designed oil lamps (lumen) that create shadow images if mounted close to a wall – the rest are references to quite interesting interactive larger-scale installations.

shadow (by adam frank and zack booth simpson) is an interactive installation that projects a disembodied, autonomous, human shadow on the ground. this apparently living shadow attempts to merge itself with the viewer’s real shadow. when this occurs, the invisible figure, implied by the virtual shadow, inhabits the viewer’s own personal space. Real-time 3D graphics and video sensing are used to produce this work of interactive light.

performer is an interactive installation in which a virtual audio audience applauds viewers lit by a spotlight. the installation uses a real-time audio audience simulation and movement sensors to produce an illusion which reverses the traditional relationship between viewer and subject. viewers actually feel as if they are being observed by a real 100-member audience.

replica places a live virtual replica of a museum on a pedestal inside one of its own galleries. The installation allows observers to view the museum as a sculptural object part of its own collection.


sunray (currently proposed for ‘grand central station’ in new york city) projects an animated sun on the ceiling of Grand Central Station. the sun appears to rise over the east side of the ‘main concourse’ and set in the west. at certain times of day, it appears as if the roof is invisible. viewers have the momentary sensation of seeing the real sun.

finally, inside builds an immersive simulation of its surroundings from only the environment’s available, reflected light. an out-door, cubic enclosure is constructed with one small hole in each of the walls and ceiling. this produces a full-surround, upside-down, 180-degree shifted, moving image of the surrounding site projected on all the interior surfaces of the room. the nature of the room changes from an opaque enclosure to a transparent viewing space.


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